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Relief for Acute Ankle Sprains

Acute ankle sprains are often caused by sudden twists that stretch or tear ligaments surrounding the ankle, causing pain, swelling, and difficulty while walking. Immediate treatment for an acute ankle sprain is important for effective recovery and to prevent long-term complications. Supportive measures include a lace-up brace, an air stirrup brace, or an elastic compression wrap to stabilize the injured ankle and promote faster healing. Early mobilization, as tolerated by pain levels, has been shown to aid in quicker recovery and reduce the risk of chronic ankle instability. Pain relief medications can help to manage inflammation and discomfort. Athletes and those prone to recurrent sprains may wish to consider using ankle supports during sports to prevent future injuries. If you have recently sprained your ankle or are experiencing persistent discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a personalized treatment plan to ensure proper healing, and to minimize the chance of future ankle problems.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Ali Davis, DPM from The Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Overland Park, KS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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