An ankle sprain occurs when the strong ligaments that support the ankle are injured. Ligaments are strong, fibrous tissues that connect bones to other bones. The ligaments in the ankle help to keep the bones in proper position and stabilize the joint.
It is important to see an orthopedic specialist if the ankle is swollen, painful to walk on, or cannot tolerate weight. Without proper treatment and rehabilitation, a severe sprain can leave the ankle weak, unstable, prone to repeated ankle sprains, and long-term problems such as chronic ankle pain or arthritis.
At Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC), the orthopedic specialist will evaluate the ankle for stability and other associated injuries with a physical exam, X-rays and an MRI if necessary.
Treatment for all ankle sprains, from mild to severe, include:
- Resting, protecting the ankle and reducing the swelling
- Restoring range of motion, strength and flexibility
- Maintenance exercises and the gradual return to activities that do not require turning or twisting the ankle
Dr. Merritt Pember, an orthopedic surgeon with Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) emphasizes prevention: “In order to prevent ankle sprains, maintain good muscle strength, balance and flexibility. Warm up thoroughly before exercise and physical activity. Stop activity when fatigued. Watch your footing on uneven surfaces and wear shoes appropriate for any activity.”
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