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Dealing With an Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are a common injury, often the result of sudden twists, rolls, or impacts that stretch or tear the ligaments connecting the bones of the ankle joint. These ligaments are vital for stability and movement, making ankle sprains a significant concern. Ankle sprains typically occur during activities that involve sudden changes in direction, uneven surfaces, or accidental missteps. Sports like basketball, soccer, and trail running, as well as everyday occurrences like tripping or stumbling, can lead to these injuries. The most common type of ankle sprain is when the foot rolls inward, causing damage to the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle. Common signs of a sprain include pain, swelling, and bruising around the affected area. Walking or bearing weight on the injured ankle can be painful, and there might be a sensation of instability or weakness. In severe cases, there could be a popping sound at the time of injury, indicating a possible ligament tear. Prompt treatment is required to prevent further complications and ensure recovery. If you suspect an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible to determine the extent of the injury and receive the appropriate care. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our doctors from New England Foot & Ankle . 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 Wakefield, MA, Nashua and Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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