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What Causes Ankle Sprains?

Ankle sprains can disrupt daily activities and impede mobility, often stemming from sudden twists or turns that overstress the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint. These ligaments, responsible for stabilizing the joint, can become stretched or torn, leading to pain, swelling, and instability. Symptoms of an ankle sprain typically include sudden onset of pain, especially on the outside of the ankle, along with swelling and bruising. Limited range of motion and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle are also telltale signs of a sprain. In severe cases, individuals may experience a popping sensation at the time of injury, indicative of ligament damage. Factors like uneven terrain, inadequate footwear, and previous ankle injuries can increase the risk of sprains. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this injury.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. 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
  • Swelling
  • 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 our office located in Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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