Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain is when the ligaments which support your ankle are stretched or torn. The ligaments are tissues that hold bones together. If it is a moderate sprain your ankle should be well in 4 to 6 weeks with treatment.
Sprains often occur from sudden overuse or excess force to the joint, particularly in an unintended direction. Ankle sprains are commonly the result of an inward twist to the foot or ankle caused by landing on the outside edge of the foot. The symptoms are tenderness, swelling, or bruising of the injured ankle. You may also not be able to move the ankle very well.
Often the Podiatrist would order an x-ray to make sure there is no treatable bone injury such as a fracture, severe sprains will occasionally produce in a tiny non harmful chip to the bone.
You may also need to wear a splint on the injured ankle to help stabilize and protect the joint. Be sure to use this at all times during the day, you may remove it at bedtime but be careful when getting up. Put ice on the ankle and lift it above the level of your heart. This will lessen the swelling and pain. You may need to use crutches to help you walk. Minimize weight bearing on the affected ankle for the first three days, then increase weight bearing gradually.
The ankle is one of the most commonly injured joints due to its anatomical weaknesses and the frequency with which it comes under stress in athletic and recreational activities. If you suffer trauma to the ankle region you should see a Podiatrist without delay.


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