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!