Ankle sprains happen to the best of us in moments when we least expect them. While it’s tempting to ignore the discomfort or think that it will improve and go away quickly, it is important to take these injuries seriously. Ankle sprains can lead to a chronically unstable ankle and many subsequent mobility issues if you do not treat your ankle injury with proper care.
How do they happen?
Sprains often occur as a result of sudden movements during sports activities or during normal everyday activities. The sudden rotation of the ankle causes the adjacent ligaments to stretch or even tear. The resulting instability to the ankle can lead to long-lasting pain, joint complications, and an uneven stride. Even though you may feel as if an ankle sprain is not as serious as a fracture, it can have unintended consequences that could lead to more serious conditions.
How do you treat ankle sprains?
● Cold therapy to alleviate inflammation and pain
● Rest to maximize healing.
● Use compression techniques to reduce swelling. Wrapping the ankle can also help keep it stabilized during healing.
● Keep your foot elevated immediately after your sprain to minimize swelling.
● Participate in physical therapy to help strengthen your ligaments in the ankle region.
● Surgical procedures are generally not required unless you have chronic ankle sprains due to a lack of initial treatment. This may include repairing the ligaments in your ankle or actually replacing it if it becomes irreplaceable.
Here at Cange Podiatry Inc., our podiatrist, Darlyne Cange, DPM, understands that an ankle sprain may seem like an insignificant injury but actually needs your attention quickly. If you are experiencing frequent ankle sprains or your ankle is not healing, then please contact us today to make an appointment. We are located in Ellicott City and Glen Burnie, MD, and look forward to examining your ankle sprain to provide relief from ankle instability in no time!