Recurrent ankle sprains are a common issue, often resulting in chronic symptoms like pain, swelling, and instability. Reasons for this chronic problem include ligament laxity, proprioception deficits, and muscle weakness. There is a higher risk of this among younger individuals and athletes. A thorough evaluation, involving MRIs, diagnosis, and assessment of the severity of ankle injuries should be done to distinguish between functional and mechanical instability. Treatment options range from conservative methods like rest and elevation of the ankle, neuromuscular training, and bracing, to surgical interventions. If you find that you are spraining your ankle repeatedly, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to evaluate your ankle and determine the best way to manage this for the best possible outcome.
Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Paul A. Santangelo, DPM from Illinois. 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 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.