The Twists and Turns of Ankle Sprains
Not a day goes by without an ankle being turned. In fact, an astounding 25,000 people experience this type of foot injury every 24 hours! Topping the list for one of the most common ankle injuries, ankle sprains affect people of all ages. If you’ve twisted or turned your ankle, contact the Advanced Foot & Specialists of Arizona today!
What Is a Sprain?
Holding the ankle bones and joint in position are ligaments. These elastic structures protect the ankle joints from uncharacteristic movements such as twisting, turning, bending, and rolling. If stretched beyond their limits, ligaments become damaged and the elastic fibers can tear. This results in a sprain.
How Can Sprains Be Treated?
Treatment for this type of foot condition includes a vast amount of rest, elevating, icing, and compressing. While resting, the ankle should be elevated above heart level for the first 48 hours. Ice should also be applied to keep the degree of swelling and discomfort down. It should be applied for 20 to 30 minutes, up to four times a day. A compression bandage or ace-wrap will support and immobilize the ankle.
Our doctors may suggest crutches, splints, or boots depending on the severity of your sprain. In some cases, surgery is necessary. If you’ve experienced a sprain, schedule an appointment today!
Let the Advanced Foot & Ankle specialists of Arizona care for your ankle injury. We’ll find you the best possible treatment plan for a speedy recovery.