What are sprained ankles?
Sprained ankles may occur when a person accidentally rolls, twists, or turns their ankle in an awkward way, or missteps, falling down stairs. When this occurs, ligaments in the ankle are being forced beyond their range of motion, thus causing an injury. Some symptoms that point to having a sprained ankle may include swelling, bruising, tenderness, and pain inflicted on the affected area. Some may also experience restricted range of motion or feel instability in the ankle.
What causes sprained ankles?
There are many factors that play into the cause of ankle sprains. Simple, everyday activities like walking can lead to an ankle sprain if the activity is being done on an uneven surface. The same goes for running or exercising. Those who participate in sports may be more susceptible to obtaining a sprained ankle because they’re more likely to fall or land uncomfortably after a jump, which can lead to an injury. Some people are born with loose ligaments and have unstable ankles.
Risk factors for sprained ankles:
It’s important to note that some of the main risk factors that can lead to sprained ankles are improper footwear, a prior ankle complication, weakness or lack of flexibility in the ankle region, and as mentioned above, uneven surfaces and involvement in sporting activities.
How to prevent sprained ankles:
To better prevent an ankle sprain, it’s recommended to warm up before participating in intense physical activities, use caution when walking or running on rough surfaces, consider using tape or wearing a brace on a previously injured ankle, and avoid frequently wearing footwear that puts tension on your ankles, like high heels.
How to treat sprained ankles:
In order to alleviate some discomfort caused by an ankle sprain, it’s recommended to get plenty of rest, try icing the affected area, keep the ankle elevated, and wrap or compress the ankle so it has little to no motion. For a professional diagnosis and information on treatments for a sprained ankle or sprained foot, call our office. (562) 429-5300. We have a cold MLS laser therapy that helps heal sprained ankles and return athlete's to their sports faster.