According to the American College of Sports Medicine, an estimated 25,000 people people in the United States sprain their ankles every day. Most people assume that ankle sprains heal on their own time. Studies by Mayo Clinic, however, suggests otherwise; ankle sprains are not simple injuries, and without proper recovery and training, can easily occur again. The studies showed that the muscles do not contract normally after an ankle sprain, creating instability, and that people who participated in training programs after ankle sprains had improvements in instability.
Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will treat your foot and ankle needs.
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
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits can aid in prevention
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 Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.