One of the many common injuries that we see here at Harvey Danciger, DPM are ankle sprains. Oftentimes, many patients twist their ankles while walking. This is especially common for women in high heels, but can happen to any gender or age by simply stepping wrong over a surface such as a curb.
What happens is that as the ankle twists, the ligaments in the ankle are stretched, torn, or sprained, causing an ankle sprain. There are three ligaments on the outside of the ankle that can be the source of an ankle sprain, if one, two, or all three are torn or injured. It all depends on the mechanism with which you stretch or tear those ligaments and have a sprain. It also depends upon the angle of the twist or the rotary motion of the ankle. With these types of injuries, small fractures of the bone in the ankle joint, which we call the talus, can also occur.
It’s important to pay attention to your feet and never ignore an ankle sprain. If your ankle is swollen, or if you’ve heard a ‘pop’ or ‘crack’, your condition may be more significant than a minor sprain, and may require a different level of treatment than the standard “rest, ice, compression, and elevation”.
All too often we see patients who visit the emergency room after an injury and are told, “It’s nothing but a sprain. Just use an ACE bandage, and it will be better in a month”. However, in a month’s time, they are here at our office, because they have continued pain and swelling. Ankle sprains need to evaluated and diagnosed properly for the proper treatment. If you have any problems, give us a call, we’d be happy to see you and take care of your particular problem for you.