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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.

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 Plaza Podiatry. 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 Baltimore, Lutherville, and Dundalk, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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