While the adrenaline is pumping, you may not realize that you’ve twisted your ankle during a run or while playing sports until the adrenaline has worn off and you’re left with an aching, swollen ankle. You may just wave the problem off, assuming it’s a pulled muscle; however, if symptoms persist for several days, then you could very well have a sprained ankle on your hands. As with any ankle or foot injury, it’s imperative that you take time to rest and let your ankle heal. Of course, since everything from a simple strain to a stress fracture can often cause similar symptoms, it’s a good idea to see our podiatrists for a proper evaluation.
What are the signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle?
-Sudden and sometimes intense pain
-Reduced mobility and range of motion
If you are dealing with a more severe sprain you may have trouble putting weight on the ankle or even walking around. If you are having trouble walking after an injury, it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention from a foot and ankle doctor.
If symptoms are milder, then home care is often all that’s needed to ease symptoms and speed up the recovery process. The RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation) can be helpful for helping those dealing with mild ankle sprains. Of course, more moderate or severe (grade 2 and grade 3) sprains may benefit from,
-Prescription medications and pain relievers
-Wearing a protective boot or, at the very least, supportive shoes
-Ankle exercises designed to strengthen the muscles, ligaments and tendons around the ankle
-Crutches (may be necessary if the ligament is fully torn)
It’s important that you receive expert care and treatment following an ankle sprain, as untreated ankle sprains can weaken the ligaments, muscles and tendons and increase your risk for injuries in the future. Plus, an ankle sprain that doesn’t heal properly is also more likely to cause long-term pain, weakness and instability.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a sprained ankle it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can turn to for immediate care.
Call Mullica Hill Foot and Ankle at (856) 223-9939 to schedule an appointment!