Ankle sprains are painful and can happen to anyone. In particular, the ligaments surrounding the ankle stretch or tear. Ankle movement in unnatural ways can cause a sprain which can end up incapacitating ankle mobility. Thankfully, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help to treat this condition. You can visit our team of podiatrists at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown).
Ligaments play a crucial role in ankle sprains, which occur when they stretch in excess of their capabilities. Those individuals with frequent sprains may experience long-term joint pain and failing movement. Multiple ligaments hold the bones of your feet together, and those located on the outside of the ankle usually sprain. Ligaments on the inside of the ankle however are stronger and do not sprain as easily. Sprains occurring higher up on the ankle may take longer to heal.
Ankle sprains happen when you make quick unstable movements while your foot stays immobile in one place. It’s important to note that the ankle is made of three bones: the tibia, fibula and talus. These bones work together to keep the ankle stable, yet sometimes your ankle can roll outward, while the foot actually turns inward. This reaction of movements causes ligaments on the outer part of the ankle to stretch and potentially rip. Remedies such as ice packs, rest, bandaging to reduce swelling, elevation and exercises can help to relax and strengthen the ligaments surrounding your ankle. Bandaging or taping is especially useful in keeping the ankle in the right position during recovery and is also needed when you return to playing sports as the ankle may be prone to re-injury. Exercising such as proper physical therapy after sustaining this injury is very important because a lack of proper care can result in chronic pain to the ankle because it never healed correctly.
If you’re experiencing a sprained ankle, call us as soon as possible. You will receive the best of treatment and a better quality of life when your able to use your ankle at full movement!