When a joint in the ankle is forced beyond its natural range, the ligaments within it become stretched too far, resulting in an ankle sprain. Ankle sprains can be painful, and those who have them may experience stiffness and swelling. Fortunately, there are ways that you can prevent getting an ankle sprain. One of the best ways to prevent ankle sprains is to improve your muscle strength. Stronger muscles will reduce the amount of stress being placed on the ligaments that get injured during a sprain. Additionally, improving your balance can also help fight against sprains. In terms of deviation, the faster the body can move toward a neutral positioning, the better it can prevent a ligament from stretching beyond its limits.
Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists. 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 take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.
What are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits
Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.
If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.