Thanks to its location on your body and design, your ankle is prone to injury from accidents, overuse, or even a simple misstep. A sprain can cause serious pain and discomfort and require that you stay off your foot for an extended period of time.
Making the mistake of trying to keep using a sprained ankle normally can only worsen your situation, causing more damage or longer healing times. However, knowing the signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle and what to do to help it heal can help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. Find out more about sprained ankles with Dr. Matthew Hinderland at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO.
What is a sprained ankle?
A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments surrounding a joint, such as the ankle, are twisted or stretched. This causes the ligament to become damaged but not dislocated, resulting in a sprain. A sprain is often caused by trauma to the ankle joint but can occur slowly over time due to overuse or stress. Those who do not warm up properly before exercise, walk on slippery or uneven surfaces, wear poorly fitting shoes or sporting equipment, or have weak muscles from lack of conditioning are at a higher risk for a sprained ankle.
Is my ankle sprained or broken?
A sprained ankle affects the soft tissues around a joint, meaning that if you have a sprain, the pain is concentrated over the soft tissues around the ankle, not over the joint itself. A sprain may allow you to place some pressure on the foot while a break will not allow you to place any pressure on the foot. A sprain may begin improving within a few days while a break will remain painful. However, both a sprain and a break produce similar symptoms such as pain, discomfort, bruising, and swelling, and require an x-ray to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
Sprained Ankle Treatments in Colorado Springs, CO
Treating a sprained ankle almost always begins with the RICE method, which includes resting and icing the foot, using a compression band to help with swelling, and elevating the foot higher than the heart. In most cases, this method is enough to treat a sprained ankle. However, some more severe cases require other treatments which may include physical therapy or surgery.
For more information on sprained ankles and how your podiatrist can help treat it, please contact Dr. Hinderland at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO. Call (719) 488-4664 to schedule your appointment today!