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Types of Ankle Sprains

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

An inversion injury happens when the ankle rolls outward while the foot turns inward. This is considered to be the most common type of ankle sprain. Sprains happen as a result of the ankle stretching past its normal range of motion causing immediate pain and discomfort. An eversion injury happens when the opposite occurs, as the ankle rolls inward and the foot rolls outward. The ligaments can become damaged with this type of sprain which can be painful. The least common ankle injury is referred to as a high ankle sprain.  This occurs as the ankle moves while the foot remains stable. This can cause the leg to rotate, and often needs prompt medical attention. An ankle sprain can wreak havoc in completing daily activities, and it is strongly advised that if you have incurred this type of injury you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can provide correct treatment techniques. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Howard Waxman, DPM from Pleasant Valley Podiatry. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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