What Happens When You Sprain Your Ankle?
When you sprain your ankle, it means the ligaments and tendons in your ankle have been stretched or torn. Ankle sprains can happen if you twist, turn, or roll your ankle suddenly. Ankle sprains are a common problem and can occur from something as simple as stepping off a curb or walking on uneven ground. They can also happen if you play a sport like tennis, where you do quick lateral movements.
Signs and Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain
Ankle sprains can cause a variety of signs and symptoms, including bruising, swelling, and pain when you put weight on your ankle. You may also hear a loud popping sound and feel tightness in your ankle. Difficulty moving your ankle is another sign of an ankle sprain.
What to Do When You’ve Sprained Your Ankle
When you sprain your ankle, it’s important to apply ice to your ankle and elevate it to limit swelling. You can also wrap your ankle in compression bandages to support it. Take anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation and pain.
When To See a Podiatrist for an Ankle Sprain
You should seek out the expertise of a podiatrist if you experience a moderate to severe ankle sprain, or if your ankle sprain isn’t responding to home therapies.
How Your Podiatrist Can Treat an Ankle Sprain
Your podiatrist offers several treatment options for an ankle sprain, including prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and stretching, wearing a cast, or walking boot, and using crutches to take weight off your ankle.
How To Help Prevent an Ankle Sprain
You can do a lot to help prevent an ankle sprain by stretching and rotating your ankles daily, to help maintain flexibility. Remember to always wear the right shoes for the activity you are doing and pay close attention to the terrain you are walking or running on.
Want To Know More About an Ankle Sprain?
To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of ankle sprains, call Dr. Matthew Ward and Dr. Christian Haight at Marietta Podiatry Group in Marietta, GA. You can reach them in the office by calling (770) 422-9856, so call today.