Ankle sprains are a very common injury and can be classified as mild or severe.
In a minor sprain, some of the fibres within the ligament are stretched. In more serious sprains, the ligament may be torn, either partially or completely. This generally results in inflammation, bruising and pain.
What are the most common problems with ankle sprains
The most common problems associated with an ankle sprain, are pain, bruising, swelling, instability and an increased risk of recurring sprains.
How do these problems arise?
A sprain occurs when one or more of your ligaments have been stretched, twisted or torn. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue around joints, which connect one bone to another, and help to keep your bones together and stable.
How can they be treated?
Healthcare professionals advise that immediate treatment of sprains and strains should follow PRICE therapy. PRICE stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
For the first 72 hours, you should avoid HARM. This means you should avoid Heat, Alcohol, Running, Massage.
When should they be checked by a podiatrist?
If you are unsure about the severity of your ankle sprain, or if you believe that you have sprained your ankle a number of times and have never been treated properly, it is best to seek advice from a Podiatrist as soon as possible.
How can Total Care Podiatry help you?
Total Care Podiatry can help to determine the severity of your sprain and advise the best treatment pathway for you. We are also able to determine your level of risk of the injury happening again and advise you with preventative strategies.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist.