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Symptoms and Causes of Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle are stretched or torn. This type of sprain is a common injury, constituting 25 percent of all sports-related injuries. Ankle sprains can affect anyone, not just those engaged in sports. While they are often caused by activities such as running and walking, they also can be the result of missteps on uneven surfaces, such as stepping into a hole or missing a curb. Symptoms vary in severity, and include pain, soreness, swelling, difficulty bearing weight or walking, and bruising. Diagnosis involves a comprehensive examination by a podiatrist, who can evaluate bones, soft tissues, range of motion, and strength. In some cases, imaging studies like X-rays may be ordered to rule out additional injuries, such as a fracture. Timely and proper treatment typically takes between four and six weeks, depending on severity. Acknowledging the causes and symptoms of ankle sprains is important for prompt intervention, ensuring optimal recovery and minimizing the risk of future complications arising from these common injuries. If you have endured an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you schedule an immediate appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners 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 offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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