When Ankle Ligaments Are Overly Stretched, Sprains Can Occur

Ankles are hinged synovial joints which means they are capable of greater movement and fluidity, allowing us to move our feet downwards and upwards, and side to side. Ankles are composed of three bones: the talus, tibia, and fibula. There are several ligaments that hold these bones together and support them. Although these ligaments are strong and flexible they can become overly stretched beyond their limits or even tear. These types of injuries are known as ankle sprains. Ankle sprains can range from mild to severe and symptoms can range in intensity as well, depending on whether one or more ligaments are affected and whether there is any tearing. There may be varying degrees of pain, swelling, possible bruising, and in more severe cases, a reduced ability or inability to put weight on the affected foot. Some athletes may be tempted to allow what they perceive as a mild sprain to heal on its own without seeking the care of a chiropodist. This is not suggested as it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between an ankle sprain, ankle strain, or even a broken ankle. Ankle sprains that do not heal properly may lead to future sprains or chronic ankle instability. If you believe you have sprained your ankle, call a chiropodist who can diagnose your condition properly and treat it accordingly.

When one or more ligaments in the ankle overstretch or tear due to injury, an ankle sprain occurs. If you would like to learn more about ankle sprains, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Symptoms of an ankle sprain vary depending on the severity of the injury, but may include: 

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Bruising

  • Tenderness

  • Difficulty walking

  • Ankle instability

  • A reduced range of motion in the ankle 

Treatments for an ankle sprain may consist of: 

  • Resting the injured ankle

  • Applying ice

  • Elevating the ankle

  • Compressing the ankle

  • Over-the-counter pain medications

  • Ankle braces or other devices to take weight off of the ankle

  • Ankle exercises 

  • Surgery (in rare cases) 

It’s important for the sprained ankle to heal correctly and fully in order to avoid repeated injury. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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