I sprained my ankle a few days ago and it still hurts.
Does this sound like you? If this is you then you are not alone. Every day in the US 25000 people sprain their ankle and 1 million people go to the emergency room for ankle injuries. A sprain can simply be a few microscopic tears to many microscopic tears in the fibers of the ligaments around the ankle.
What causes foot and ankle sprains?
A sprain usually happens when the ankle joint is twisted out too far than it’s supposed to. A lot of ankle injuries happen during sporting activities while some may happen whiles walking on uneven floor like at the beach or in the backyard. Every so often a sprain of the foot and ankle may happen when one slips and tries to brace themselves from falling. Landing awkwardly after a jump, a car accident or even just rolling the ankle can cause ankle sprains.
What are the signs of a sprain or injury to the foot and ankle?
Many sprains and fractures may look the same. There is pain with swelling and bruising with an Inability to put weight on the foot. Sometimes the joint may be stiff and uncomfortable to move it. Because most of these injuries look similar, it is very important to see your doctor as soon as possible.
What should one do after an injury?
Always remember the popular saying of R I C E After an ankle sprain. Rest, ice, compression and elevation with pillows above your heart. It is important to not put weight until your doctor has seen you.
How is ankle sprain treated?
Depending on the severity of your sprain, the doctor may put you in a boot or a cast for up to 4 weeks, then a brace and you may need therapy to get your strength back. In some instances, you may need surgery to repair a torn ligament from your injury.
What can one do to prevent sprains?
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Do not continue to play sports when you are tired.
- Warm up and stretch before exercising and playing sports.
- Do not wear shoes that are old and worn out on one side.
- Wear the appropriate shoes for the sports you are playing.
- Watch where you run, make sure it’s flat.
If you think you have sprained your foot or ankle contact Cornerstone Foot & Ankle so we can get you the treatment you deserve!