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Potential Causes for Sprained Ankles

People who unexpectedly twist their foot may experience a sprained ankle, which occurs as a result of overstretching the muscles, tendons and ligaments. The symptoms that often accompany a sprained ankle can include bruising, swelling, and difficulty moving the ankle. People who have weak ankles may be more susceptible to a sprain. It can help to improve ankle strength by performing specific exercises that are designed for the ankles. Additionally, it is a good idea to do warm up and cool down stretches before and after working out. Research has indicated it is beneficial to lose any extra weight in order to lessen the pressure that is exerted on the ankles. There are several treatment options for sprained ankles, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine which one is the best for you.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, 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 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 one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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