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How Ankle Sprains May Affect Foot Stability and Strength

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

An ankle sprain, a common injury, occurs when the ligaments surrounding the ankle stretch or tear due to sudden twisting or rolling movements. While seemingly minor, neglecting proper treatment can lead to complications, notably ankle instability and diminished strength. An unstable ankle, characterized by a recurring feeling of giving way, poses risks of further injury and compromises mobility. This instability arises from weakened ligaments, which struggle to effectively support the ankle's weight-bearing function. Additionally, reduced ankle strength follows, as the muscles surrounding the ankle weaken from disuse during the recovery phase. Over time, this weakness can affect balance and movement, increasing the likelihood of future injuries. Consequently, comprehensive treatment that addresses both ligament healing and muscle strengthening is vital to restore stability and strength, ensuring optimal ankle function and minimizing the risk of recurrent sprains. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you seek prompt attention from a podiatrist who can help you begin the healing process.

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 Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. 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 one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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