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All About Ankle Sprains

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

The ankle is fortified by ligaments that serve to prevent bone displacement. An ankle sprain occurs when these ligaments stretch or tear beyond their normal range. The severity of sprains ranges from minor stretching to partial ligament tears, and finally complete ligament ruptures. Symptoms of ankle sprains include pain, swelling, bruising, stiffness, and sometimes numbness. While mild sprains usually resolve within weeks, moderate to severe cases may persist for up to a year. Ankle sprains frequently stem from physical activities or uneven surfaces, particularly affecting individuals with weak muscles or high arches. Diagnosis requires a podiatrist's examination and may include X-rays or MRI scans to assess ligament damage. Higher-grade sprains may call for immobilization with casts, boots, or braces, followed by stretching and strengthening exercises. Living with a sprained ankle must be taken seriously to avoid reinjuring the joint because this can easily evolve into a chronic condition. For help dealing with ankle sprains, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer treatment options. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Gary Cesar from Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Lansing and Mt. Pleasant, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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