Sprained ankles are very common—and very painful. These injuries are usually caused by severely twisting an ankle after stepping or landing on it incorrectly. When this happens, the ankle moves outside of its normal range of motion, stretching or tearing the ligaments in the joint. These injuries usually require medical attention from a podiatrist.
Signs of a Sprained Ankle
If you’re worried you may have sprained your ankle, here are a few signs to look for:
- A popping sound: When a sprain occurs, you may hear a popping sound as the ligaments stretch and tear.
- Tenderness: A sprained ankle will hurt when the damaged ligaments are touched.
- Swelling: If your ankle is swollen, or if it seems to be a different shape than usual, you may have sprained it.
- Inability to put weight on the foot: Because your ankle joint itself is less stable after a sprain, you will likely be unable to put weight on it without severe pain or unsteadiness.
- Loss of feeling or movement: Your foot may feel numb or cold, and you may have difficulty moving your toes.
Depending on the severity of the sprain, you may not experience all of these symptoms. If you have a mild sprain, you might still be able to walk on the foot, but with pain. More severe sprains, in which the ligaments are completely torn, will leave you unable to walk.
See your doctor if you suspect you’ve sprained your ankle in order to rule out something more serious. If you’ve sprained your ankle mildly, try wrapping it in a bandage, applying ice, and taking a NSAID like ibuprofen. More severe sprains will require immobilization and physical therapy.
If you think you’ve sprained your ankle, call (678) 372-1835 to make an appointment with a podiatrist at Village Podiatry Centers. With at least 10 years of experience each, our experienced doctors can help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. Plus, with 28 convenient locations, you’re sure to find one close to you.