Facts About Ankle Sprains

You don’t need to be an athlete to sprain an ankle. It can happen to anyone, simply by landing wrong when stepping down on a curb or staircase. However, those who play court games or team sports are far more likely to incur this type of injury. The majority of ankle sprains occur when the foot rolls inward, thereby overstretching the ligament on the outer side of the ankle. There are three main grades of an ankle sprain, which is caused by the overstretching or tearing of the lateral ligament that helps hold the ankle in place. In a Grade 1 sprain, only a few tissue fibers are torn. With a Grade 2 sprain, a far larger amount of tissue is torn. A Grade 3 sprain is a complete tear, or rupture, of the ligament. With a mild sprain, home treatment for a period of time may reduce the pain and allow the ligament to heal. However, if a sprain makes bearing weight difficult or impossible, it is wise to visit a podiatrist for a full diagnosis and suggested treatment plan.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Biebel & DeCotiis Podiatry Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Holmdel and Middletown, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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