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Similarities Between Ankle Sprains and Strains

Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:00

An injury to the ankle can severely impact completing everyday activities. An ankle sprain is common to incur and may be similar to an ankle strain. The symptoms for both ailments can consist of pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking. Treatment can begin with frequently elevating the feet and wrapping the affected foot with a compression bandage. This is generally effective in providing the necessary stability as the healing process occurs. Existing swelling can be managed when heat is avoided, such as hot baths or heat packs. There are various reasons why ankle sprains and strains occur including improperly stretching before and after exercising, or from stepping off a curb unexpectedly and twisting the ankle. It is important to obtain a proper diagnosis which typically consists of having an X-ray taken. If you have injured your ankle, please contact a podiatrist who can help you with the correct type of treatment.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. 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 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 Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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