Did I Sprain My Ankle?

By University Foot Center
August 03, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ankle Sprain  

Ankle SprainAnkle sprains can result in pain, discomfort, and limited mobility. Walking, running, and even standing can all be difficult after sustaining an ankle sprain. Minor sprains can be treated by resting the feet and applying ice. Serious ankle sprains should be treated by a podiatrist to ensure the injury heals properly. Left untreated, serious ankle sprains might not heal properly, which can result in ankle instability and chronic pain. At University Foot Center, Dr. Steventon Wagner and Dr. Lynette Mehl are your Columbus, OH, podiatrists for treating ankle sprains.

Sprained Ankles

Ankle sprains are the result of the ankle twisting the wrong way. For instance, if the ankle rolls inward as the foot turns outward, the ankle is twisting in the opposite direction as the foot and a sprain can occur. When the ankle moves in a different direction as the foot, the ligaments in the ankle can be stretched too far and tear. Ankle sprains can happen at any time, but the risk of spraining an ankle increases when participating in certain types of activities or when performing certain movements. The risk of an ankle sprain is higher in the following situations:

  • Jumping around
  • Performing high-impact movements
  • Jogging or running on rough or uneven surfaces
  • Participating in sports and athletic activities
  • Wearing shoes with little to no support
  • Wearing high heel shoes

Ankle sprains can be prevented by strengthening the ankles and increasing flexibility. Your Columbus podiatrist can recommend specific exercises to strengthen the ankle, as well as specific stretches for safely and effectively increasing ankle flexibility. Wearing footwear with sufficient support can also help prevent ankle sprains. If you do sustain an ankle injury, signs the ankle is sprained include:

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Weakness
  • Instability
  • Bruising
  • Limited range of motion

Treating an Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains can be treated in several ways. The treatment process can include healing the ankle injury, strengthening the ankles, and increasing flexibility. Your Columbus podiatrist can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for your sprained ankles. Treatment methods for sprained ankles include:

  • Ice or a cold compress
  • Elevation and rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Stretching
  • Braces or splints
  • Compression bandages
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain relievers
  • Surgery

If you suspect you have sprained your ankles, see a podiatrist for medical treatment to ensure the injury properly heals. A podiatrist can also recommend specific exercises and stretches for increasing flexibility and strength in the ankles, which can help prevent additional sprains in the future. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wagner or Dr. Mehl, your podiatrists in Columbus, OH, call University Foot Center at (614) 488-9478.

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