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Causes and Risks of Ankle Sprains in Athletes

Ankle sprains are common injuries, with half occurring during athletic activities. This injury happens when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch or tear, often due to sudden twisting or rolling of the foot. Athletes are particularly susceptible during sports that involve jumping, running, or rapid direction changes. The ligaments most frequently affected are the anterior talofibular ligament, the calcaneofibular ligament, and the posterior talofibular ligament. These ligaments connect the bones of the ankle and provide stability to the joint. When they are injured, symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for recovery, often involving rest, compression, and elevation. Preventative measures include proper footwear, strength training, and exercises to reduce the risk of future sprains. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from East Ocean Podiatry . 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 our office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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