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Difference Between Ankle Sprains and Strains

Monday, 06 January 2020 00:00

A sprained ankle can cause severe pain and discomfort. It generally occurs when the ligaments tear or stretch, as a result of falling, or from overusing the ankle. It differs from a strain, which affects muscles or tendons. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this type of injury can consist of swelling, bruising, and it is often difficult to move the ankle. If the sprain is severe, a popping noise may be heard at the time of the fall, which may indicate an unstable joint. Moderate relief may be found when the affected ankle is elevated, which may help to alleviate a portion of the swelling. Additionally, it may be beneficial to wrap the ankle in an elastic bandage which can provide the support that is needed as the healing process occurs. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Jeffrey Bruening from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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