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Recovering From an Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain, though common, can be a real setback, disrupting mobility and causing discomfort. It occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle are stretched or torn, often due to sudden twisting or rolling movements. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle. Recovery from an ankle sprain typically involves rest, compression, and elevation to reduce swelling and pain. Additionally, gradually reintroducing weight-bearing activities and performing gentle exercises to restore strength and flexibility can also help. However, recurrent sprains can indicate underlying issues like weakened ligaments or poor ankle stability. If you have sustained an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and tailored treatment plan.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Daniel Bell, DPM from Florida. 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 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 our office located in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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