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Causes and Risk Factors of Ankle Sprains

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Ankle sprains are common injuries that can occur during various activities in everyday life. Ankle sprains can be caused by walking on uneven terrain or engaging in sports that involve rapid changes in direction or sudden stops, starts, and pivots.  A sprain can also be caused by falling while keeping the foot planted on the ground. This exerts sudden and excessive force on the ankle, causing it to twist. Choice of footwear can play a role in ankle health. Wearing high-heeled or unsupportive shoes can increase the risk of instability and make ankle sprains more likely. A history of ankle sprains is a significant risk factor. If a previous ankle injury was not effectively rehabilitated, weakened ligaments may not provide the support they once did, increasing the risk of reinjury. Symptoms of a sprained ankle include immediate pain, swelling, discoloration, or bruising around the sprained area. Additionally, weakness can make it challenging or impossible to bear weight. In severe cases where ankle ligaments are torn, you may feel a popping or snapping sensation during the sprain. If you suspect you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible following the injury.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Naim G. Shaheed, DPM from Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia. 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 take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lithonia/Stonecrest and Emory/Midtown, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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