Ankle sprains unfortunately occur in a sudden manner. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help to ensure you have a great chance of overcoming the pain of this condition and getting back to your routine. Please visit us at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719.
Ankle Sprains are tears in the ligaments that hold a portion of the ankle together or that also attach it to other bones. This condition is painful and can result inflammation almost immediately after the sprain occurs. When ankles sprain, walking motions may be impacted and could be uneven which then results in extra weight being placed on the uninjured and healthy ankle, thereby increasing the chances of spraining that other ankle. Symptoms include not being able to move the ankle as normal or putting normal weight on it when walking.
The two types of ankle sprains are:
- Eversion - the most common and occur when the ankle rolls outwards.
- Inversion - that happen when the foot twists and the ankle rolls inwards.
The lateral, medial and high sections of the ankle experience sprains:
- Lateral sprains are the most common and cause injury to the ligaments that prevent feet from rolling inwards.
- Medial sprains cause injury to the ligaments that prevent feet from rolling outwards.
- High sprains cause injury to the ligaments that hold the leg bones together above the ankle.
Factors that increase the likelihood of ankle sprains include wearing improper footwear that increase the chances of twisting the ankle in an unnatural manner, walking or jogging on uneven surfaces and participating in high intensity sports that involve a great amount of jumping, climbing or running.
It’s important to get quality care early on for ankle sprains to prevent it from interfering with mobility and other necessary activities. Please contact us when you have a chance and get your ankle back to its normal position sooner than later!