Since we discussed common sports injuries to the feet last week, today we’ll focus on one of those injuries – the all-too-familiar ankle sprain. Many of us have been there: We’re going about our day, enjoying our favourite activities, when we take a misstep and feel a sudden onset of pain in our ankle. We then try to put weight on it, but something feels a little off, and we wonder, “Oh no! Did I just sprain my ankle?”
Fortunately, we’re here to let you know the symptoms of an ankle sprain. We’ll also give you the lowdown on what to do if you sprain your ankle, and how to ease your way into rehabilitation.
The Mayo Clinic describes a sprained ankle as a common injury that occurs when the ligaments that hold your ankle bones together are torn or stretched. Usually, twisting, turning or rolling your ankle clumsily and suddenly can cause an ankle sprain. That being said, the level of pain you will experience and its impact on your mobility depends on how serious the sprain is.
If you think you sprained your ankle, you should find a space where you can comfortably assess your ankle for symptoms. Preferably with the help of someone else, you can then take the proper steps to make sure you’re on the right path towards recovery.
You should assess your ankle for the following symptoms:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, and they occurred immediately after twisting, turning or rolling your ankle, there’s a good chance you may have sprained your ankle.
There are certain steps you should follow if you think you have sprained your ankle. You should start the treatment process immediately after the sprain. First and foremost, you should not try to walk normally after a sprain, as it can prolong the healing process and aggravate the sprain. (Another sign of an ankle sprain is that you can’t “walk it off”.)
Naturally, you should see your family doctor so they can properly assess you. If you have to wait to see a doctor, you should get home right away and begin treating yourself. If you can, try to walk as little as possible when getting home.
Treating a newly sprained ankle with at-home foot care typically involves:
When you see your doctor, they may do a combination of the following:
When it comes to sprains, rehabilitation is just as important as the initial treatment plan. Once your ankle starts to heal, you can start looking into ways to get moving again. You should do this carefully and thoughtfully so your ankle heals fully and doesn’t lead to other injuries.
Chiropodists are trained to understand the ankle region and can provide you with the following services and advice on how to gradually ease back into physical activity:
We’re confident in our ability to help inform you and solve your concern with the least amount of discomfort possible. If you have a quick question, call our downtown foot clinic and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction. Our Toronto foot specialists are on hand 6 days a week and are eager to help you!
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