Will Barton of the Nuggets suffered an ankle sprain during the second half of the loss to the Toronto Raptors in late October. “It’s just sore, a bad sprain, a real bad sprain,” Barton described his injury. “My foot stepped on one of the big guys’ feet from Toronto and just turned as soon as I touched it.” There are degrees to describe types of ankle sprains, all of which occur as a result of a tearing of the ligaments. Grade 1 sprains can be described as the minor tearing of the ligament fibers, resulting in mild tenderness and swelling. Grade 2 sprains can be described as moderate, partial tearing of the ligament. Grade 3 sprains are severe and may require surgery and recovery time in boots, brace, or crutches.
Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. LeKeisha George from Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care. Dr. George 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
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits can aid in prevention
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 Forest Hills, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.