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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 13, 2016
Category: Foot Facts
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we frequently treat patients with ankle sprains. We find, however, that much misinformation exists about this common injury which can harm patients if it keeps them getting prompt medical treatment. See how much you know about ankle sprains with the True/False statements below:

An ankle sprain happens when the muscles around your ankle get injured.

FALSE: A strain involves muscles. A sprain occurs when the ligaments in your ankle (those bands of tissue that connect bone to bone or joint to joint) gets overstretched, partially or completely torn.

Usually it requires a pretty severe injury to cause an ankle sprain.

FALSE: While many ankle sprains do occur on sports fields and from fall accidents, some happen with seemingly minor incidents: a missed step, landing on your ankle the wrong way coming down from a Frisbee catch or just walking on uneven pavement.

Bruising, swelling and pain are all symptoms of a sprain.

TRUE: Although you may or may not have all of these symptoms depending on the severity of the sprain. Some of these symptoms are also present in the case of a fracture. That’s why our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, may order an x-ray of your ankle to see if is broken. Sometimes a sprain and fracture occur simultaneously.

If an ankle sprain doesn’t seem too much you can just treat it yourself.

FALSE: All ankle sprains should be evaluated by the foot doctor. Full rehabilitation often depends on starting physical therapy promptly. You can follow the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression and elevation until the time of your appointment.

Once the pain is gone, you can discontinue physical therapy.

FALSE: To help prevent future sprains it is necessary for the ankle to heal completely and for the muscles that support the ankle to be strengthened to provide the necessary support for the ligaments. Once you’ve had a sprain you are more likely to sprain your ankle again if you do not follow the podiatrist treatment plan all the way through.

You can help prevent ankle sprains.

TRUE: Wearing supportive and properly fitting shoes, warming up before fitness activities with stretching and engaging in exercise that promotes balance and flexibility can all help lessen your chances of spraining an ankle.

If you believe you have injured your ankle, contact our Pooler office for an appointment as soon as possible by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

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