An ankle sprain occurs when an unnatural force or twist is applied to the ankle. This results in the pulling and sometimes even the tearing of the ligaments on the outer part of the ankle, a condition known as an ankle sprain. While an ankle sprain does not have to be a serious issue, it can develop into a major problem if it is not treated promptly when the injury occurs. Ankle sprains can range from mild to severe, and treatment is customized according to the seriousness of the sprain.
The symptoms of ankle sprain include pain in the ankle area, swelling around and sometimes above the ankle area, and bruising of the ankle skin. Many people who have an ankle sprain find it hard to put their full weight on the ankle without discomfort or pain, and it is not uncommon to have trouble walking normally with a sprained ankle.
Treatment for an ankle sprain includes rest and elevation. Application of ice is often extremely helpful in alleviating pain and reducing swelling. The podiatrist may recommend compression bandages to help keep the ankle immobilized while it is healing. For more serious ankle sprains, a surgical correction may be required.
Proper footwear is key in preventing ankle sprains. As a person recovers from an ankle sprain, they will need to do strengthening exercises as part of their recovery in most cases. These exercises can greatly help in making the ankle stronger overall, and as a result, it will be more resistant to similar injury in the future. It is always important to warm up before exercise and to maintain good balance during any and all exercise sessions.
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