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Symptoms of Ankle Sprains and Strains

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 00:00

Sometimes an ankle sprain and an ankle strain can be difficult to differentiate. Ankle sprains occur when one or more ligaments in the affected ankle are overstretched or torn, usually during a single incident, like stepping off a curb and twisting your ankle. Ankle strains occur when the muscles or tendons of the affected ankle are repetitively damaged over time. Symptoms of an ankle sprain include localized pain, swelling, bruising, and limited mobility. At the time of the injury, you may also hear a popping sound or feel a popping sensation, and pain will usually be sudden and intense. Symptoms of an ankle strain include pain, swelling, redness, inflammation, muscle spasms, cramps, or weakness, and a limited range of motion. If you are suffering from ankle pain, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot & Ankle. 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 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 offices located in Yakima and Ellensburg, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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