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Causes and Signs of an Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain occurs when one or more ligaments in the ankle are overstretched or torn. This can occur due to a sudden twisting or rolling of the ankle, and is especially common in people who participate in sports that involve a lot of running or jumping. Symptoms of an ankle sprain include pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, stiffness, ankle joint instability, and difficulty bearing weight or walking. The severity of symptoms varies based on the extent of the injury. A mild grade 1 sprain usually means that a ligament is overstretched, while a grade 3 sprain is severe and indicates a torn ligament. If you have sprained your ankle, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of the podiatrists from Ark La Tex Foot & Ankle 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 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 offices located in Shreveport, Bossier City, and Natchitoches, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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