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Treating Ankle Sprains

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Ankle sprains are injuries that occur when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch beyond their limits or tear. These injuries are often caused by twisting the ankle during physical activities, such as sports or even walking on uneven surfaces. Treatment for ankle sprains ranges from conservative to more intensive approaches, depending on the severity of the sprain. Initial treatment for mild sprains typically includes rest and elevation to reduce swelling and pain.  More severe sprains may require immobilization with a brace or cast to allow the ligaments to heal properly. Certain stretches may be recommended to restore ankle strength, flexibility, and balance, and prevent future sprains. In cases where the ligament damage is extensive and stability is compromised, surgical intervention may be considered to repair the ligaments. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you promptly schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to get the right treatment. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Deborah Holte, DPM from Northeast Missouri Foot Clinic. 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 our office located in Kirksville, MO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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