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Who Is Prone to Getting Ankle Sprains?

Many people who are active find they are prone to getting ankle sprains. These are defined as the ankle turning in or out beyond its normal range of motion, and can happen from suddenly twisting it. There are two types of ankle sprains that are common, which are known as inversion and eversion sprains. Studies have shown the likelihood of incurring an ankle sprain may be greater when it has been sprained before. An ankle that has healed from a sprain may be weaker, which may compromise walking. This may cause more weight to be put on the other ankle, and may become weaker. Performing ankle stretches is beneficial in strengthening the ankles which may help to prevent ankle sprains and regain a normal range of motion once it has healed. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with treatment and effective prevention techniques.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Jill Scholz, DPM from Town Square Family Foot Care. 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 our office located in Coralville, IA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Three Grades of Ankle Sprains

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