17 Oct Do not Ignore an Ankle Sprain
If you sprained an ankle a few days ago and it still hurts, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from ankle injuries every day. A sprain can just be a few microscopic tears or several microscopic tears in the ligament fibers around the ankle.
Why do foot and ankle sprains occur?
Ankle sprains are often the result of the ankle joint being twisted out too far, more than it is meant to. Such ankle injuries may happen during sports activities, walking on an uneven surface, like at the beach or even in your backyard.
Foot and ankle sprains may also happen if you slip and try to brace yourself against the fall. This can occur during a jump, a car accident or simply rolling the ankle can also cause ankle sprains.
Symptoms of Foot and Ankle Sprains and Injury
Some sprains may appear to be fractures. Pain, swelling, bruising and an inability to put weight on the foot are common signs of foot and ankle injuries and sprains. You may not be able to move your foot. Since most foot and ankle injuries look similar, you should see a foot doctor or podiatrist as soon as possible.
Treatment Options for Foot and Ankle Injuries and Sprains
RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation with pillows above your heart is a good strategy if you have injured your foot or ankle. Avoid putting weight on your foot until your doctor says it is alright to do so.
Depending on the severity of your sprain, the doctor may put your foot in a boot or a cast for up to 4 weeks followed by a brace. Your doctor may also recommend physical therapy to get your strength back. Surgery may be required in a few cases to repair a torn ligament.
To learn more or to consult an experienced foot and ankle specialist in Phoenix, Arizona at Oasis Foot and Ankle to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Call 602-993-2700 to book an appointment today. The foot doctors or podiatrists are experts in orthotics treatment in Phoenix, Arizona.