An ankle sprain occurs when you overstretch or tear one or more of the ligaments in your ankle. This injury can range from a mild sprain with slightly overstretched ligaments, to a severe sprain in which the ligaments have fully ruptured. The time that it takes to fully recover from an ankle sprain varies depending on the severity of the injury. Ankle sprains are common in people who play sports or run. After being sidelined by an ankle sprain, many athletes are eager to get back to exercising before they have fully recovered, leading to recurrent ankle sprains and injuries. If you have sprained your ankle, it is important to give the ankle enough time to heal fully. You can help the healing process along by resting your ankle and doing simple stretches to retain flexibility and range of motion. If you have sprained your ankle, please seek the care of a podiatrist.
Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Douglas Mckay from New Jersey . 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
- 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 one of our offices located in Caldwell, and Galloway, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.