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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. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Central Ohio Comprehensive Foot Care. 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 one of our offices located in Delaware and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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