Ankle Sprain

What is an Ankle Sprain?

An ankle or foot sprain is a soft tissue injury that occurs when an injury stretches or tears the ligaments that connect bone to bone. Many sprains happen during sports, especially basketball and football. However, you may sprain your ankle just tripping on uneven ground or stepping the wrong way off a curb.

Signs & Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain

If you have sprained your ankle, you will find it hard to walk on that foot. Your foot will swell and show bruising and you will feel extreme pain and stiffness.

  • Swelling and bruising around the ankle
  • Pain, especially when putting weight on the affected foot
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Limited range of motion
  • Instability in the ankle
  • A popping sound or sensation at the time of injury

How can I prevent Ankle Sprains?

To avoid ankle sprains, always wear the proper athletic shoes for your activity. Replace shoes when worn out. Avoid walking or running on uneven surfaces.

What are some treatment options for an Ankle Sprain?

R.I.C.E. is the best way to begin treatment at home: Rest your ankle or foot until you can see a doctor. Ice the area as soon as possible to reduce inflammation and reapply every three or 4 hours. Apply compression by wrapping an elastic bandage around the affected ankle. Elevate the leg on pillows, above your heart if possible.

If the pain and swelling have not subsided in a day or so or if you have difficulty walking, please come see a podiatrist for assessment of your injury. We will carefully examine your ankle and feet and order imaging tests like an X-ray, ultrasound or MRI to confirm our diagnosis.

  • Resting and avoiding activities that cause pain
  • Ice application to reduce swelling and pain
  • Elevation of the foot to decrease swelling
  • Compression bandages or braces to support and stabilize
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers for pain management
  • Physical therapy exercises to improve strength & flexibility
  • In severe cases, medical intervention or surgery may be required

An ankle sprain is a common injury that should not be overlooked. Recognizing the signs and symptoms early can lead to a more effective and quicker recovery. It’s crucial to take preventive measures to protect your ankles, especially if you’re frequently involved in activities that put stress on them. If you suspect you’ve sprained your ankle, consider the various treatment options available and consult with a specialist for a personalized approach. At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, we understand the importance of addressing even the slightest discomfort in your ankles. Don’t ignore the possible signs; schedule an appointment with us to ensure your ankles receive the care they need.