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Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain

Monday, 05 April 2021 00:00

Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch too much or tear. Depending on the severity of your sprain, you may experience symptoms that range from mild pain and swelling to debilitating pain that makes walking nearly impossible. The pain of an ankle sprain often has a sudden onset, usually after a fall or blow to the ankle, and progressively worsens over the course of a few hours. There may be swelling or bruising on or around the ankle. You may also have difficulty moving the affected ankle. Instability at the ankle joint can make it difficult to walk. If you believe you may have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM from Greater Houston Foot Centers. 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 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 office located in Baytown, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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