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Causes and Treatment of Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains, those unexpected and often painful disruptions, can leave us hobbling while attempting to complete daily activities. These occur when the ligaments connecting the ankle bones get stretched or torn due to sudden twists or turns. Participating in sports activities, walking on uneven surfaces, and wearing ill-fitting footwear can contribute to these mishaps. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. Early intervention is crucial for effective recovery. Rest, compression, and elevation are initial steps that can help to reduce pain and swelling. Gentle exercises, prescribed by a podiatrist, can aid in restoring strength and flexibility. In severe cases, immobilization with a brace or cast may be necessary. Ensuring proper care and treatment fosters a smooth healing journey, allowing individuals to step back into their routine with renewed confidence. If you have endured an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment.

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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