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What Can Be Done for Ankle Sprains

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Ankle sprains are common, especially among teenagers and young adults. However, since an ankle sprain can result from simple missteps, they can happen to anyone. Most ankle sprains occur when the foot twists inward, hurting the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Sometimes, the injury is higher up, affecting other parts around the ankle. Podiatrists look for certain signs, like pain in specific areas or trouble walking right after the injury. To help with pain and healing, patients might be counseled to rest and elevate their injured ankle for a few days. They might also be prescribed special ankle supports or braces to reduce swelling and protect the injured area. It is important to start moving the ankle early, as resting too much can slow down healing. If pain from an ankle sprain is severe or persistent, it is important to make an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and relief methods.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dale Delaney, DPM from InStride Kinston Podiatry Center. 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 Kinston, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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