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The Three Types of Ankle Sprains

Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments that help hold the ankle bones together are twisted, overstretched, or torn. There are three main types of ankle sprains. A lateral ankle sprain occurs when there is an injury to the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. This is often the result of turning the toes in while pointing them downward during an injury. A medial ankle sprain occurs when there is an injury to the ligaments on the inside of the ankle. This is typically the result of turning the toes out while pointing them upwards during an injury. A syndesmotic sprain occurs when the front or back lower ligaments of the ankle are injured. This can occur from pointing the toes too far up and out during an injury. If you think you may have an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can diagnose your ankle sprain and offer you the right treatments to get you back on your feet.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

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 one of our offices located in Apopka, Debary, Lake Mary, and Orlando, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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