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Ankle sprains, though common, are often underestimated in their impact on our daily lives. Understanding these injuries is pivotal for everyone, from athletes to the average person navigating routine activities. Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle stretch beyond their limits, often due to a sudden twist or turn. The severity varies, with mild sprains causing discomfort and swelling, while more severe cases may lead to instability and difficulty walking. Recognizing the signs, including pain, swelling, and bruising, is essential for prompt intervention. Ignoring ankle sprains or not providing adequate care can lead to long-term complications, such as chronic instability or arthritis. If you have endured an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and effectively treat this condition.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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