Sprained ankles often occur when there is a lack of balance within the body. With that being said, balance can be improved with the help of stability exercises for the feet, ankles, and legs. While the ankle is most commonly injured due to a lack of muscles around the joints, maintaining strength and stability can help reduce any rolling of the ankle or missteps. Balancing on one leg for 30 second intervals, standing calf raises, and other simple exercises for as little as 5 minutes a day can make a drastic difference over time.
Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your potential ankle sprain contact Dr. Carl Ingrassia, DPM of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.
What are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits can aid in prevention
Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.
If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Fords, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.