According to Vail Daily, “80 percent of ankle sprains are a result of inversion, or inward rolling, of the ankle.” Painful inhibition is a response that occurs when outer muscles in the calf stop responding, and the inner muscles of the calf go into a protective spasm to prevent further damage. The muscle balance that results can affect the positioning of your foot that suffered a sprained ankle. This is the particular reason why ankle sprains re-occur in the same foot.
Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you require medical assistance, please see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.
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 Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.