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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 16, 2017
Category: ankle pain
Tags: sprained ankle  

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.

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 27, 2017
Category: ankle

 

Our team of 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 treat Ankle Instability at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Ankle instability occurs when the outer part of the ankle consistently buckles after weight is put on it. This is an unnerving feeling that can lead to a decrease in mobility if not treated at the time this condition first presents itself. This can be magnified when you’re on uneven surfaces. People with this condition have ankles that feel unsteady. It commonly presents itself when the ankle feels as if it is about to yield to any minor pressure. The pain can range from minor to severe. There is also an occurrence for those who experience this condition to be sensitive to touch and have inflammation. It is very helpful to pay attention to the way you walk to ensure that your steps are taken in a manner that prevents your ankle from rolling inwards or outwards in an abnormal manner. Weakened ligaments that encompass your ankle may be another contributing factor to twisting your ankle in a way that causes ankle instability. Another symptom is having a sore ankle after exercising.

 

Contact us to learn more about ankle instability. This condition is generally caused by an ankle sprain that hasn’t yet properly healed since the ligaments in your ankle were stretched, and when they healed, they became weaker and lost some of their elasticity. Those who take part in activities that involve heavy use of the ankle like gymnastics or sports, are at a greater risk for ankle instability. You can self-treat this condition if it’s not caused by a severe injury. Such treatment includes the use of compression, ice and rest. If you are able to exercise, it is a great way to increase your flexibility in the ankle. In particular, the best types of exercises help with your range of motion, balance and reinforcing the muscles of your ankles. 

 

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Tags: ligaments   sprained ankle   foot joint  

Ankle sprains unfortunately come with a great amount of pain and can happen to a large sector of the population. The reason for this is due to the stretching of ligaments that are around the ankle. Our team, 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 treat this condition. Come visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.

 

Ankle sprains are injuries to the ligaments that border and attach the leg bones to the foot. This type of injury tends to happen when a person twists or turns their ankles in such a way that is not normal to their general range of movement. This twisting stretches the ligaments that hold the leg bones to the foot joint. It’s important to understand that ligaments have precise arrays of motion and limits. Taken in conjunction, they act to hold the joints in a stable manner. When these limits are breached, a sprain is most likely to occur. The limits of tendon can vary from person to person depending on their physical health and previously sustained injuries. The ligaments on the outside of the ankle are most prone to being sprained. 

 

It’s of utmost importance that you contact your doctor once you sustain a sprained ankle because depending upon the severity of the injury, the doctor can provide the best advised treatment to target the specific tendon that tore. Generally, it may take several months for your sprained ankle to heal. Recovery time is highly influenced by whether you seek consultation immediately after the sprain occurs. Also, do not forget that the pain and swelling sustained from the sprain should go away, but the injured ankle may not be as steady as you remember. If that occurs, certain exercises may be required to make your ankle strong again. 

 

Sprained ankles have a way of seriously impacting your routine. If you may have suffered one, please take this moment to contact our office so that we can provide you with the treatment you’ve earned.