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Identifying Common Symptoms of Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains, a prevalent injury often stemming from sudden twists or rolls, have a distinctive set of symptoms. One prominent indicator is pain, typically localized around the affected ankle, varying in intensity based on the severity of the sprain. Swelling is another hallmark symptom, as the injured ligaments prompt the body's natural response to inflammation. Limited range of motion, especially when attempting to bear weight or move the ankle, is a clear sign of an ankle sprain. Bruising may emerge due to blood vessel damage, presenting as discoloration around the injured area. Tenderness to the touch and the sensation of instability are additional signs of a sprain. Recognizing these symptoms is imperative, guiding individuals to seek appropriate medical attention. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can correctly diagnose and treat this condition. 

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 Springfield Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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 office located in Springfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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