Do You Suffer From An Ankle Sprain?

Recent ankle injury?  Do you roll your ankles often?

Persistent pain and swelling in the ankle may be a result of an ankle sprain. Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot.  This may result in excessive stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Depending on the severity of the sprain, this can impact the degree of damage as well as the type and duration of treatment. If not properly treated, ankle sprains may develop into long-term problems.

Initial symptoms of ankle sprains following a twist or injury include: pain, swelling, and bruising.

Treatment includes:

  • resting and elevating the ankle
  • applying ice to reduce swelling
  • Compressive bandages may be used to immobilize and support the injury during healing
  • Long-term immobilization or surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments may be required for more serious ankle injuries

To prevent ankle sprains, try to maintain strength, balance, and flexibility in the foot and ankle through exercise and stretching, and wearing well-fitted shoes.

If you are experiencing any of these problems, contact us at the Foot and Ankle Center in Cape Coral.

Dr. John J Adler