The feet and ankles are two of the most frequently injured parts of the human body. After all, these parts bear the brunt of the constant stress of walking and running. An ankle sprain occurs when your ligaments are stretched or torn. It is the most common athletic injury. Nearly 85% of ankle sprains occur laterally or on the outside of the ankle joint. With proven treatments, our podiatry professionals at the West Vancouver Foot Clinic help you get relief from ankle sprains in West Vancouver. We understand your pain and are always available to help you. If you have an ankle sprain, visit us today for quick relief.
The ankle joint is made up of three bones. The bones are called the tibia, fibula, and talus. These bones form a socket in which the ankle joint moves. Ligaments connect the tibia, fibula, and talus.
Ankle sprain symptoms vary depending on severity. Often the ankle is tender, swollen and discoloured. The ankle can be quite painful to touch. Ankle sprains are classified by “types”, and range from mild to moderate to severe. Classifying ankle sprains helps the Podiatrist diagnose the specific structures involved in the injury. This also helps determine appropriate treatment plans for each type of ankle sprain. Diagnostic X-rays or specialized X-ray views of the ankle and foot may also be used to reveal any fractures, dislocations or instability of the ankle joint.
Initial treatment includes rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). The “RICE” method promotes healing, decreases pain, and reduces swelling around the ankle joint. Most ankle sprains heal in three to eight weeks. Conservative treatment of many foot and ankle problems often promotes pain relief. For example, ankle-strengthening exercises following the injury help prevent the recurrence of injury. Most of these exercises can be done at home after appropriate instruction. Ankle supports and braces or taping around the ankle joint is especially helpful for individuals participating in sports.
The adage “it is better to break an ankle than sprain one” need not apply if the injury is appropriately diagnosed and treated. If properly treated, the rehabilitated ankle can tolerate normal activities and the stress of participating in sports.