A sprained ankle, an exceedingly painful injury, is something most people experience at least a few times during their lives. Sprains can make it hard to walk, and the symptoms are very similar to a fracture, but the team at NeuroSpinecare, Inc., located in Sheffield Village, Ohio, can diagnose the exact cause of your ankle pain and find you the most appropriate treatment. For fast, effective assessment and management of your sprained ankle, call NeuroSpinecare today or book an appointment online.
A sprained ankle is an injury that occurs when the ligaments in the joint stretch beyond their normal range, causing damage to the tissue. It’s often painful and can restrict your movement.
Ligaments connect bones together and help stabilize joints, and although they have a degree of elasticity, they can tear or rupture if overstretched. A sprained ankle is not the same as a strained ankle, as strains involve tendons, the connective tissue that joins muscles to bones.
Although a sprained ankle may seem like a relatively minor injury, there are two reasons why you should visit NeuroSpinecare for an assessment.
First, the symptoms of a sprained ankle are similar to those of a fractured ankle, but fractures and sprains require different treatments.
Second, if you don’t receive the correct treatment for your sprained ankle, it can lead to a long term weakening in your ankles and may turn into a chronic pain problem.
Ankle sprains typically arise from taking part in physical activities like playing sports, especially when you aren’t really fit enough.
Walking or running on an uneven surface is likely to cause sprains, because when your foot isn’t meeting the ground squarely the ankle is more likely to fold, overstretching the ligaments.
Wearing footwear that isn’t suited to the ground conditions or the activity also increases the risk of spraining your ankle.
Some people are more prone to ankle injuries because they’re born with weaker ankles, and if you sustain an ankle injury once, it can make you more likely to incur injuries in the future.
If you sprain your ankle, apply an ice pack, rest your foot, and put on a compression bandage to reduce the swelling. If the injury is very painful, you can take pain-relieving anti-inflammatory medication, but don’t take medicines to mask your symptoms so you can use your leg, or you could cause further damage.
Contact NeuroSpinecare to get expert advice and treatment for your sprained ankle. The team can carry out tests to diagnose the cause of your pain and provide the correct treatments.
They might advise you to wear a brace, cast, or special boot to take the pressure off of your ankle and give it time to heal, and apply treatments such as therapeutic ultrasound. The team also arranges for you to have physical therapy to help the ligaments heal and restore strength to your ankle.
If the ligaments are severely torn or ruptured, you may require surgery to repair them.
If you have pain in your ankle or you’ve recently sustained an injury, call and make an appointment or use the booking form on the NeuroSpinecare, Inc., website today.