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Do’s and Don’ts for Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when one or more ligaments in the ankle are overstretched or torn. This could lead to pain, swelling, and bruising at the site of the injury, as well as difficulty walking or bearing weight on the injured ankle. If you suspect that you may have sprained your ankle, you should get it evaluated by a podiatrist as soon as possible. A physical examination, medical history, and imaging studies, such as an X-ray or MRI, can help diagnose the injury, as well as its exact location and severity. Avoid placing heat on the ankle immediately after injury, as this can increase pain and swelling. On your doctor’s advice, you should immobilize the ankle in a fixed position to allow it to recover and stabilize. If your ankle needs to be immobilized, your doctor will prescribe a device, such as a cast, splint, walking boot, or elastic bandage, to keep your ankle in place. You should avoid straining your ankle by walking, running, or wearing uncomfortable shoes. For more information about how to care for a sprained ankle, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Jon McCreary, DPM from Fort Worth Podiatry. 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 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 Fort Worth, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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