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Causes of Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain is caused by damage to the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint, typically resulting from sudden twisting or rolling movements. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bones and provide stability to joints. When excessive force is applied to the ankle beyond its normal range of motion, the ligaments can stretch or tear, leading to a sprain. This injury often occurs during activities such as running, jumping, or walking on uneven surfaces. Factors contributing to ankle sprains include inadequate warm-up or stretching before physical activity, inappropriate footwear for the activity, and previous ankle injuries that weaken the ligaments. Additionally, individuals with poor balance, weak muscles, or underlying foot or ankle conditions may be more susceptible to sprains. Recognizing the signs of an ankle sprain, such as pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight, is essential for a prompt recovery. If you have endured an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this injury.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Paul Hutchison, DPM from Hutchison Foot 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
  • Swelling
  • 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 Memphis, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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