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How Common Are Ankle Sprains?

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 00:00

Ankle sprains are extremely common, affecting approximately 25,000 people each day. They occur when one or more ligaments in the ankle are overstretched or torn. This usually happens from a sudden twisting or turning of the ankle, while waking, running, jumping, dancing, or playing a sport. Immediately following the injury, it can be beneficial to follow the R.I.C.E. acronym for sprained ankle care. R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compress, and elevate. Rest your ankle by not putting more weight on it than absolutely necessary. Apply ice to the ankle to reduce pain and swelling. Compressing the ankle can also help control swelling, and provides support to the area, as often ankle sprains are accompanied by ankle joint instability. Elevate the foot while resting by propping it up higher than heart level. If you suspect that you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible. The podiatrist will be able to diagnose the ankle sprain, determine the severity of the injury, and prescribe the appropriate treatments. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, 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
  • 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 Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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