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Facts About Ankle Sprains and Strains

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

The ankle joint consists of a complex arrangement of ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones. It works every time you move your foot, take a step, stand, run or jump. The most common injuries to the ankle joint fall into two categories: sprains and strains. An ankle sprain is caused by a direct injury to ligaments in the joint. They are either stretched beyond their natural limits or torn outright. Strains, on the other hand, are caused by muscles or tendons being stretched too far. They are typically overuse injuries that occur from doing too much, too often, and for too long. Risk factors include poor conditioning, muscle fatigue, inadequate warmup, carrying excess weight, and inappropriate footwear. If not treated and allowed to heal properly, these conditions can become chronic. If your ankle hurts, or if a sore ankle worsens, it is highly suggested that you consult a podiatrist at your earliest convenience.

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

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