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What Happens During an Ankle Sprain?

A common symptom of an ankle sprain is redness and swelling after it has been twisted. It can happen as a result of stepping off of a curb unexpectedly, and this may cause the ligaments on the outside of the ankle to stretch and tear. When an ankle sprain is mild, the ankle may feel stiff, and it can be relatively stable to walk on. Bruising and tenderness may be apparent if the sprain is severe, and walking can be difficult. It is important to rest and elevate the affected foot immediately after the incident has occurred, and this may help to relieve a portion of the swelling. Some patients find it useful to wear an elastic compression wrap, and this can be beneficial in providing adequate stability as the healing process occurs. If you have sprained your ankle, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and effectively this condition.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Princeton Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Princeton and West Windsor, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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