An ankle sprain occurs when one or more ligaments in the ankle are overstretched or torn. This can occur due to a sudden twisting or rolling of the ankle, and is especially common in people who participate in sports that involve a lot of running or jumping. Symptoms of an ankle sprain include pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, stiffness, ankle joint instability, and difficulty bearing weight or walking. The severity of symptoms varies based on the extent of the injury. A mild grade 1 sprain usually means that a ligament is overstretched, while a grade 3 sprain is severe and indicates a torn ligament. If you have sprained your ankle, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Alex Yanovskiy, DPM from Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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 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 Des Plaines , IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.