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Key Facts About Acute Ankle Sprains

Acute ankle sprains are common injuries resulting from the overstretching or tearing of the ligaments supporting the ankle. They typically occur during activities that involve sudden twists or turns, such as in sports or on uneven walking surfaces. Symptoms include immediate pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Ankle sprains are classified into grades based on severity. These consist of mild, which is a slight stretching, moderate is a partial tearing, and severe, which is a complete tear. Relief involves rest, compression, and elevation to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Recovery times vary, with mild sprains healing in a few weeks and severe sprains potentially taking several months. Strengthening exercises are critical for restoring mobility and preventing future injuries. If you have endured an ankle injury, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist who can accurately diagnose and treat ankle sprains.

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 Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist 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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