The definition of an ankle sprain is a torn or stretched ligament in the ankle. The purpose of the ligaments is to hold the ankle bones in place, and they may become damaged if a foot injury has occurred. It can happen from stepping off of a curb unexpectedly, which may twist the outside ligaments of the ankle joint. Common symptoms that many patients experience from an ankle sprain can include severe pain and discomfort, swelling, and it may become difficult to walk. Many ankle sprains can be prevented by properly stretching the feet before beginning a run, and it is beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly. If you have endured an ankle sprain, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you determine which treatment methods are best for you.
Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. 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 our offices located in The Woodlands and Woodville, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs. Read more about Ankle Sprains