Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries among athletes—and basically anyone else with an ankle! Sure, those who participate in sports are most at risk; however, you can sprain your ankle by falling off a curb, jumping over a puddle, getting out of a car—you name it!
The problem occurs when the ligaments that hold your bones in place are stretched beyond their limits, and possibly even torn. Instead of springing back to position, they remain loose and are no longer strong enough to keep bones aligned. Severity can range from overstretched, to partial tears, to completely torn. Symptoms vary accordingly. You will definitely feel pain, and you may also experience bruising, swelling, and stiffness, as well as difficulty bearing weight. There may be a popping sound at the time of the injury too, and it could feel as though your ankle is giving out on you.
The bottom line is, no matter how bad the sprain, prompt medical attention is needed. Sprains that go untreated can lead to chronic instability and may heal improperly. Other damage, including bone fractures, may have occurred with the injury and should be addressed to avoid complications. So, if you’ve suffered an ankle sprain, don’t delay! Get to Shenandoah Podiatry as quick as you can hobble here! The sooner you start treatment and physical therapy, the sooner you’ll be back on your feet. To speed the healing process, make sure you rest, ice, compress, and elevate.
Find out more by calling Shenandoah Podiatry at (540) 904-1458 for our Roanoke, VA office or (540) 808-4343 for our Blacksburg office. Follow us on Pinterest!