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Some icy weather in Middlesex and Greater Hartford counties in recent weeks has resulted in a rash of ankle sprains being seen here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. If you suffer an ankle-twisting injury, signs that your ankle might be sprained include:
- Pain or soreness
- Joint stiffness
It may also be difficult to walk or bear weight on the injured ankle. However, many patients mistakenly think that if they can walk on it, their ankle must not be sprained. This is not true and keeps patients from getting the prompt medical attention needed.
Why Immediate Care is Necessary
Rehabilitation of an ankle sprain that is started right away brings the best and most complete recovery. Contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices for an appointment. Until you can be seen, follow the RICE regimen: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation to minimize pain and swelling. Consequences of not being seen promptly are:
- Missing a more severe injury, such as a fracture, that may have occurred as a result of the same injury.
- A chance that the ankle will not heal completely. Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments get overstretched. While your ankle may feel well enough to resume regular activities, if it hasn’t been fully rehabilitated, the ligament will remain loose, increasing the likelihood of another sprain. Over time, chronic ankle instability may develop.
Once our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. examine your ankle and discuss your symptoms and the circumstances of the injury, they will begin to formulate a diagnosis. X-rays or other imaging studies may also be ordered to get a clearer picture of the condition of the ankle. The treatment will depend on the severity of the sprain, but will likely include rest, physical therapy and possibly medication.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that swollen ankles can be uncomfortable and even painful. Thanks to gravity, your ankles and feet are prime areas for excess fluid in your body to collect. The reasons behind the swelling--known as edema in the medical world—can range from something minor to a major medical concern. Below are seven possible causes of swelling in your ankles.
- It’s the beginning of arthritis. Not just a single disease, arthritis is an umbrella term that covers over 100 conditions that can negatively affect the health of your joints. Joint inflammation can result in swelling. You may also feel pain and experience redness and heat around the joint.
- You’re not moving—simply standing or sitting in one place for too long can cause ankles to swell.
- You’ve put on a few extra pounds. Being overweight can put extra stress on your joints and trigger fluid retention. In severely overweight or obese people, extra fat cells contain excess
hormones whichcan also cause your body to retain water.
- You have high blood pressure or heart disease. Swelling in your ankles (and your feet and legs) can be a sign that your heart is not pumping properly.
- You’ve got a bacterial infection. Although it’s possible to have an infection develop from a wound in or near your ankle joint, any bacteria that
entersyour bloodstream can end up causing an infection in any of your joints. Telltale signs of infection include heat and redness around the joint and also a fever.
- It’s your medication. There are several medicines, both prescription and over the counter that can cause fluid retention and swollen ankles. These include certain blood pressure medications, some antidepressants, hormones and anti-inflammatory steroids. Even NSAIDs such as ibuprofen can cause ankles to blow up.
- Your veins aren’t working the way they should. Over time,
veinscan stretch out and valves in them can start to leak, resulting in blood pooling your ankles and feet. This is more likely to happen if you are over the age of 50 and female.
Ongoing swelling of your ankles or swelling that gets worse suddenly or is accompanied by other serious symptoms like fever, shortness of breath or feeling lightheaded requires immediate medical attention. Contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices and our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
Do you suffer from ongoing ankle pain or stiffness? Do your ankles feel weak and do they frequently twist or give way when you are walking or standing? At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that chronic ankle problems can be very debilitating and prevent you from leading the active life you love.
Tracking Down the Cause
The first step if you are experiencing uncomfortable ankle symptoms is to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices for an appointment. One of our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M., will do a complete examination of your ankle and foot. The foot doctor will want to get information about previous ankle sprains and injuries as part of a complete medical history. The podiatrist may order x-rays (which can be done in office) or other imaging studies in addition to physically checking your ankle for signs of tenderness, pain or swelling.
The most common cause of chronic ankle pain and instability is a previous sprain that was not fully rehabilitated. Too often patients don’t complete all the sessions of physical therapy or other treatment recommendations of their podiatrist because the pain stops, and they think they are ready to resume all their regular activities again. But, in addition to the ligaments being healed, surrounding muscles also need to be retrained and strengthened to give the ankle the full support needed to prevent further sprains. Other possible sources of ankle pain and weakness include:
- An undetected stress fracture
- Nerve compression (tarsal tunnel syndrome)
- A biomechanical defect affecting the structural alignment of the foot and ankle
Relieving Painful Symptoms
Once the podiatrist has determined the source of the symptoms you are experiencing with your ankle, the proper course of treatment can be determined. There are several options available including bracing, physical therapy, exercises, and surgery. The foot doctor will discuss the best choice for you. Don’t delay seeking treatment for chronic ankle problems. Contact us today.
Ankle sprains can be a nagging and painful condition. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help you get a grip on this condition at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Our Patient Education section can also shed more light on this and many other foot and ankle conditions.
Ankle Sprains are unfortunately common and can more often than not be serious injuries. They usually occur when moving in a rapid fashion, causing the ankle to roll outward as the foot goes inward. As this twisting occurs, ligaments on the outside or the inside of the ankle may stretch or tear. Mild sprains may involve the ankle being tender or inflamed and severe sprains include bruising of the ankle, making a routine movement like walking painful.
Those with repetitive injuries of this nature can acquire long-term joint issues, commonly referred to as ankle instability. When this happens, the ankle feels unstable and may give out easier than usual.
Symptoms accompanying this condition include:
- Inflammation and bruising
- Tenderness to the touch
- Not being able to bear weight on the injured ankle
Treatment is important in preventing continuing ankle problems and the underlying ankle sprain. Rest, ice treatment, compression and keeping the ankle elevated are very important in treating this condition. Using pain relievers like ibuprofen can assist in reducing pain and inflammation. Physical therapy through appropriate exercises helps to strengthen the ankle so that it can heal correctly and prevent the ankle joint from becoming unstable or developing long-lasting pain. Taping and utilizing a brace can also help to protect the ankle. When these methods do not stabilize the ankle sufficiently and the ligament remains severely damaged, surgical procedures may become necessary to repair the torn ligaments.
Timely treatment of ankle sprains is paramount to ensure that the ankle does not get re-injured. We recommend that you contact us when you experience an ankle sprain so you can receive vital treatment to keep your ankles stabilized permanently!
Ankle sprains can develop all of a sudden and cause severe pain. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to diagnose the seriousness of your ankle sprain and provide the appropriate treatment options as needed. You can reach us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.
Ankle Sprains can cause a meaningful amount of pain since they involve the ligaments, muscles and tendons of the ankle joint. Although the ankle is highly stable, it is still subject to the risk of injury due to the constant amount forces placed upon it through high intensity activities or routine walks over an extended amount of time. As this condition occurs, the ligaments that hold the ankle are stretched outside their normal boundaries or torn.
Factors leading to this condition include:
- Traumas forcing the ankle joint beyond its normal motion capabilities like tripping suddenly.
- Injuries resulting from pressure applied repeatedly in increments over time.
- Severe injuries sustained with huge impact or forces such as those seen in sports.
When this condition is not treated timely, chronic ankle sprains can start occurring due to the likelihood of the ligaments tearing or stretching more easily.
Treatment can include:
- getting plenty of rest
- use of ice to reduce swelling
- elevating the ankle
- refraining from walking or applying too much pressure on the foot to allow for the ankle to heal correctly
- taping or casting to help stabilize and support the injured ankle
- physical therapy to help strengthen the ankle as it continues to heal
Surgery can always be used if the situation calls for it and could involve arthroscopy, reconstruction and transplants of tissue to fix the ankle.
Even though the above information is helpful, please also review our Patient Education section for information about other foot complications so that you have a chance of preventing them before they occur. Please contact our offices now to treat your ankle sprain with care.