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Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain is a common yet potentially debilitating injury. A sprain occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle joint are stretched or torn. People with an ankle sprain often report a variety of symptoms that can vary depending on the severity of the injury. At first, the affected area may exhibit swelling and bruising. Pain is a hallmark symptom, and it may intensify when weight is applied to the injured foot. In more severe cases, someone may hear or feel a popping sound at the moment of injury, indicating a possible ligament rupture. The ankle joint may have a reduced range of motion and can feel tender to the touch. These symptoms collectively impair an individual's ability to perform daily activities, making it important to get professional evaluation and treatment. A podiatrist can accurately assess the extent of the damage of an ankle sprain through physical examination and imaging tests. If you suspect an ankle sprain, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist for diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Ramin Nadjafi, DPM from Advanced Podiatry Group. 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 Orlando, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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