Ankle sprains, a common injury affecting individuals regardless of activity level, can take various forms. Inversion ankle sprains, the most prevalent type, occur when the foot abruptly turns inward, stretching the outer ligaments. This type of ankle sprain is commonly experienced during activities like running or basketball. Eversion ankle sprains, which are less frequent but equally painful, result from the foot rolling outward, affecting inner ligaments, often seen in gymnastics. Understanding the grades of ankle sprains further aids in treatment decisions. Grade 1 sprains involve mild symptoms and minimal ligament damage, allowing for continued activity with caution. Grade 2 sprains, moderate in severity, entail partial ligament tears. This leads to more pronounced swelling and discomfort, potentially requiring more extensive treatment. Grade 3 sprains, the most severe, feature complete ligament tears, or ruptures, resulting in significant pain, instability, and necessitating thorough rehabilitation for full recovery. Whether you are an athlete or a casual walker, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist if you have incurred an ankle sprain to ensure a smoother return to daily activities with proper care and attention.
Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. 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
- 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 office located in Millburn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.