When you participate in high activity sports like basketball, tennis, and football, you are at a higher risk for ankle sprains. Here are a few signs of a possible sprain, but keep in mind that you should have this injury officially diagnosed and treated by your foot doctor Dr. Michael Mitry at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA.
What Is an Ankle Sprain?
An ankle sprain is an injury to the ankle bone that is related to torn or stretched ligaments. It’s usually caused by the ankle twisting or bending abnormally. For instance, if while playing a sport your body goes one way and the ankle turns in the opposite direction, an ankle sprain can occur. A sprain is usually very painful at its onset and will probably continue to ache without corrective treatment. Without therapy, the problem can worsen. It’s especially important to seek urgent help if you’re an athlete so that you can avoid a chronic problem.
Signs of a Sprain
The most obvious sign of a sprain is intense pain. The ankle has been turned out of its proper position, so there’s damage to the ligaments and nerves. You’ll likely see swelling and bruising around the ankle after a sprain. Walking, running, and exercising becomes laborious and stressful. You may find yourself walking with a limp after an ankle sprain. Any of these signs call for a visit to your Needham foot doctor.
Treating an Ankle Sprain
One of the best ways to treat an ankle sprain is to wrap the ankle with compressive ace bandages to give it support. A night splint may also be beneficial. Physical therapy and stretch exercises will help the ligaments heal over time, but you have to be consistent with your doctor’s advice. In the case of a serious sprain, surgery may be required to get the foot back to normal.
Seek Ankle Treatment Today
Your ankle is an important part of your foot, and when it's injured you should have it looked at as soon as possible. Call Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA at (781) 444-4044 today to schedule an ankle examination with Dr. Michael Mitry, a foot doctor who is committed to complete foot and ankle care.