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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.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, 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 are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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 care needs.

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