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Facts About Sprained Ankles

A sprained ankle, a common injury among people of all ages, occurs when the ligaments supporting the ankle stretch or tear due to sudden twisting, rolling, or impact. The severity of a sprained ankle depends on various factors, including the extent of ligament damage and the force of the injury. Symptoms of a sprained ankle typically include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. The severity of the injury is often classified into three grades. Grade I involves mild stretching or microscopic tearing of ligaments, resulting in mild pain and swelling. Grade II indicates partial tearing of ligaments with moderate pain, swelling, and instability. Grade III represents complete tearing of ligaments, causing severe pain, swelling, and significant instability in the ankle joint. Proper diagnosis and treatment are vital for managing sprained ankles effectively. Treatment may include things like rest, compression, and elevation. Additionally, immobilization with a brace or splint may be recommended, and in severe cases, surgical intervention. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Jonathan Kletz from Texas Foot Works. 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 one of our our offices located in Dallas, Athens, and Gun Barrel City, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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