Ankle sprains are injuries that occur when your ligaments that support your ankle stretch beyond their limits and tear. Ligaments are strong tissues that connect bones to other bones. Ankle sprains can be anywhere from mild to severe and can happen in people of all ages.
Most ankle sprains can be treated at home with rest and ice, but if you have trouble putting weight on it make sure to consult your doctor. If you do not properly treat your ankle sprain, you will increase your chances of injuring it again.
Most ankle sprains happen on the outside of the ankle in your lateral ligaments.
Symptoms of ankle sprains include:
- Tender to the touch
- Inability to put weight on it
What will the doctor examine?
Your doctor will diagnose you with an ankle sprain by examining your foot and ankle and checking your range of motion. X-rays, stress x-rays, MRI’s, or an ultrasound may have to be done. Your sprain can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe.
Depending on your type of sprain crutches or physical therapy may be recommended for a period of time.
Surgery is rare for ankle sprains, but if nonsurgical treatment is ineffective after an amount of time, surgery may be an option determined by your doctor.
The best way to avoid ankle sprains is to warm up properly and wear the correct shoes for exercise and participating in athletic events. If your ankle begins to feel pain during these activities make sure to stop or slow down.
To schedule an appointment with one of our ankle specialists, visit http://www.neorthohospital.com/orthopaedic-services/foot-ankle.