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Falling Can Lead to an Ankle Sprain

A common injury many people incur is called an ankle sprain. It is defined as a musculoskeletal injury that partially or fully tears the ligaments as a result of a sudden mishap. The ankle can severely twist by unexpectedly stepping off a curb or walking on an uneven surface. There may be a popping noise that happens at the time of the sprain and prompt medical attention is often needed. Additional symptoms can include swelling or bruising to the affected area, and it may be difficult to walk. Treatment often begins with elevating the sprained ankle as this can help to reduce swelling. The ankle may also feel better when it is wrapped with a compression bandage and crutches may be recommended that can help with completing daily activities. As the foot heals, there are specific stretches that can be practiced that can strengthen the ankle. If you have twisted your ankle or suspect it might be sprained, please confer with a podiatrist who can help you with effective treatment options.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Julie Jurd-Sadler, DPM from Progressive Podiatry. 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 offices located in Ijamsville and Mouth Airy, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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