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What Podiatrists Can Do for Ankle Sprains

Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:00

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries to occur when playing sports. They occur when the ligaments that connect the bones to the joints become over stretched or torn because of a sudden twist or force. Signs of an ankle sprain include ankle swelling, bruising, pain, difficulty bending the ankle, or difficulty bearing weight with the ankle. Patients who are unable to walk with their injured ankle, have significant swelling, or haven’t seen any signs of progress after a few days, should consult with a podiatrist for treatment. Ultimately, differentiating between an ankle sprain and an ankle fracture can be very difficult. Therefore, patients who believe that they have sprained their ankle should consult with a podiatrist who can evaluate and diagnose the injury.  

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Lovely Foot Associates, PC. 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 office located in Johnstown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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