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Ankle Sprains and the Healing Process

An ankle sprain is one of the more common ankle injuries that many people may incur over the course of their lifetime. It may typically occur when the ankle rolls inward, which may be a result of stepping suddenly off a curb or tripping unexpectedly. Some of the unpleasant symptoms that may be experienced with ankle sprains may be severe pain when walking is attempted, swelling, in addition to bruising. It may help to protect the ankle by laying or sitting, limit your walking or use crutches, and applying pressure to the affected ankle by wrapping it with an elastic bandage. Taking over the counter pain medication may aid in alleviating a portion of the pain and discomfort, despite the fact it is ineffective in accelerating the healing process. It is important to return to normal activities gradually, and this may give the ankle ample time to heal completely. If you have injured your ankle and believe it may be sprained, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you to proper treatment procedures.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. 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 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 our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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