Ankle sprains are one of the most acute injuries seen in our office.  A sprain is a tear or stretch of a ligament of a joint.  A ligament attaches a bone to bone, and functions to provide stability of a joint. 

Ankles have ligaments on all sides of the joint.  Due to the shape of the ankle bones, the ankle is most vulnerable to sprains by turning the ankle "inward" with the sole of the foot facing the opposite foot.  This creates a significant amount of tension on the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.  This are of the ankle is most prone to sprain as a result of these factors, and is the area most likely to be painful following an ankle injury.

The most basic treatment options for a sprain include RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).  Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or Aleve can also be helpful.  If you have a severe sprain and are unable to walk, it is always advised to have x-rays taken to ensure one or more bones is not fractured (broken).  With more severe sprains, extended immobilization in a walking boot and possibly crutches may be needed.  If you have experienced a foot or ankle sprain, and are concerned about your condition, give us a call!

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