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Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Seeking Help for Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint are stretched or torn, typically due to sudden twisting or rolling of the foot. Different grades of ankle sprains vary depending on how much ligaments were damaged. Grade 1 sprains involve slight stretching of the ligaments with mild tenderness and swelling. Grade 2 sprains involve partial tearing of the ligaments, leading to moderate pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle. Grade 3 sprains are the most severe, involving complete tearing or rupture of the ligaments, resulting in severe pain, swelling, instability, and sometimes a popping sound at the time of injury. Proper diagnosis and treatment by a podiatrist are important for managing ankle sprains effectively and preventing long-term complications like recurrent injuries. If you suspect an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist today. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Ocotillo Foot and Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

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

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Chandler, and Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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