Ankle sprains are common injuries that can occur during various activities in everyday life. Ankle sprains can be caused by walking on uneven terrain or engaging in sports that involve rapid changes in direction or sudden stops, starts, and pivots.  A sprain can also be caused by falling while keeping the foot planted on the ground. This exerts sudden and excessive force on the ankle, causing it to twist. Choice of footwear can play a role in ankle health. Wearing high-heeled or unsupportive shoes can increase the risk of instability and make ankle sprains more likely. A history of ankle sprains is a significant risk factor. If a previous ankle injury was not effectively rehabilitated, weakened ligaments may not provide the support they once did, increasing the risk of reinjury. Symptoms of a sprained ankle include immediate pain, swelling, discoloration, or bruising around the sprained area. Additionally, weakness can make it challenging or impossible to bear weight. In severe cases where ankle ligaments are torn, you may feel a popping or snapping sensation during the sprain. If you suspect you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible following the injury.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact the foot specialists from NYC Foot & Ankle Center. 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 office located in Upper West Side, NYC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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