A Sprained Ankle is an injury that occurs suddenly and without notice in most instances. The ankle generally rolls, twists or turns inward in an abnormal manner as it sprains. This action stretches or tears the ligaments that keep the ankles held together and which help to stabilize joints. Factors that increase the chances of sustaining an ankle sprain are:
- Sudden slips that cause the ankle to twist.
- The foot touching down on the ground in an awkward position.
- Taking steps or running on uneven surfaces.
- Stepping on the foot while that ankle is in motion.
- Participating in high-intensity activities.
- Previous injuries to the ankle.
- Less than the average physical condition.
- Shoes that do not fit correctly.
Symptoms of this condition include mild to severe discomfort as the foot bears weight, the ankle may be sensitive to the touch, inflammation, lowered range of mobility and chronic instability with the ankle.
Treatment and prevention of this condition include:
- Stretching prior to competing in sports or high-intensity activities.
- Utilizing support braces for the ankle.
- Taping the ankle.
- Using footwear that fits correctly and does not allow the ankle to move while in the shoe.
- Refrain from wearing tightly fitting shoes.
- Physical therapy to increase muscle strength, ligament flexibility and to increase balance so that the ankle does not give out under high pressure.
- Pain medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation.
- Surgical procedures may be necessary to repair the ankle depending on the frequency of sprains and the success of non-invasive methods.
Ankle sprains can become painful and be a source of contention due to their unexpected occurrences. We recommend that you contact us at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, located in our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to obtain proven and advanced treatment for your ankle sprains. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, has the experience and track record to provide you with targeted ankle care! Therefore, please make an appointment today by calling our office at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 and take a look at our Patient Education section for helpful information regarding how you can avoid other foot and ankle complications.