ANKLE & FOOT
Sprained ankles are a very common injury.
This injury involves the tearing of the ligaments of the ankle, which happens when the foot moves unexpectedly, causing the ankle to roll to the side, twisting the ligaments.
Ankle sprains can range from microscopic tears in the ligament fibers, to a complete tear or rupture.
Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain
The first symptom of a sprained ankle is pain in the ankle area. In most cases the pain will be on the outside of the ankle. There might also be swelling or bruising. Depending on the severity of the sprain, you may not be able to put any weight on the injured foot.
What Causes an Ankle Sprain?
Ankle sprains can be caused by a number of things, from tripping off a curb to sports-related injuries. Those who are involved in sports that require jumping are more susceptible to sprained ankles, but they can happen to anyone. However, those who have had a sprain once may be more prone to ankle sprains again since the stability of the ankle will have been weakened.
While most ankle sprains don’t require surgery, it’s important to have your injury checked, to rule out other, more serious injuries. Ankle sprains are very common, but in some cases, more serious injuries can occur at the same time. These injuries include peroneal tendon tears, fractures, or cartilage damage.
Your doctor will be able to tell you if you have experienced a sprain, or if an MRI is recommended to rule out other potential injuries.
While sprained ankles are common, if left untreated or not allowed to heal properly, they can lead to further complications. If you suspect that you have a sprained ankle, it’s important to seek medical attention to ensure that you haven’t broken or fractured a bone.
If you have suffered a sports injury, or believe that you have a sprained ankle, contact Rhode Island orthopedic specialists, Blackstone Orthopedics today.
Medical disclaimer: This page is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice offered by physicians.