All About Ankle Sprains

The ankle is a very complex joint and is made up of various ligaments or bands of tissue which connect all the bones in your ankle. When these ligaments are torn or put under stress, you can suffer from an ankle sprain. Sprains can be mild or severe; more mild sprains can cause tenderness and swelling, whereas more severe sprains can require a cast and crutches.

You should speak to a podiatrist if you suspect you have sprained your ankle. In the clinic, we will X-ray the ankle to determine how severe the sprain is and decide on the best method of treatment. It is imperative that you seek help; continuing to use a sprained ankle will only exacerbate the problem and cause long-lasting repercussions. 

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How could you have sprained your ankle?

It is very common to sprain an ankle, and also easily done. If you have ever sprained your ankle, you will know how painful it can be! But fear not; it is easily preventable. A sprain occurs when the ligaments are torn or stretched, which can be caused by moving quickly, shifting your weight or any other sudden movement. Moving around can be painful with a severe sprain, and weight-bearing activities become difficult. The ankle may feel weak.

Symptoms of a sprained ankle

The four main symptoms of a sprained ankle are:

  • Pain at the site of the tear
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Bruising or swelling
  • Joint area discolouration

How can you prevent a sprained ankle?

Stretching: Stretch before any exercises, sports or activities that cause you pain. Your podiatrist can help advise on stretching exercises. Warm up properly before sports to ensure your ligaments are warm and supple. Stretching your calves on a regular basis can also prevent injuries.

Shoes: You ideally should wear shoes with medium to thick soles, and adequate cushioning. The right shoe is key for ankle support. Try to avoid high heels or platform shoes, as these can over-stress your ankles, leading to sprains and heel pain.

How is an ankle sprain treated?

In treating a sprain, you need to remember the acronym R.I.C.E. This stands for:

  • Rest 
  • Ice
  • Compression 
  • Elevate

However, if your pain persists, please get in contact with a podiatrist to get a professional opinion on your injury to ensure you get the best possible care.