Soft Tissue, Ligaments, and the Ankle

The ligaments in the ankle are made of soft tissue. If an ankle injury has occurred, healing may be slow as a result of a lack of blood flow. Damage to these ligaments can be caused while participating in physical activities, or it may happen from unexpectedly stepping off a curb. Painful arthritis may be prevented when prompt medical attention is sought if an ankle sprain has occurred. One of the functions of the ankle ligaments is to keep the shape of the bones. An X-ray is often performed that can rule out a fracture, and treatment for a sprained ankle can begin. Many people find relief when the foot is frequently elevated, and an elastic bandage is wrapped around the affected ankle. This is generally successful in providing the stability that is necessary as the healing process occurs. If the ankle sprain happens from a sporting event, it is beneficial to temporarily stop that activity until a full recovery has taken place. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with the treatment that is right for you.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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