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Dealing With an Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments in your ankle are stretched or torn beyond their intended limits, leading to varying degrees of pain and swelling. Ankle sprains are typically categorized into three grades, ranging from mild stretching to full tearing of ligaments, with Grade III sprains often requiring medical intervention, such as a brace or in some cases, surgery. While certain self-care measures help to ease symptoms, seeking expert care from a podiatrist is essential for a proper diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of chronic ankle sprains. A podiatrist may recommend using splints, casts, or braces, along with rehab exercises to aid in recovery and prevent future sprains. It is especially important to monitor symptoms closely and seek medical attention if pain persists or worsens, or if there are signs of numbness, weakness, or other concerning symptoms. With proper care and guidance from a podiatrist, most ankle sprains can heal effectively. If you have a sprained ankle, it is suggested that you seek immediate attention from a podiatrist who is trained to deal with this injury.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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