Sprained ankles are definitely not anything you want to have to deal with, but they can happen at any time, whether it's while out on a jog or simply walking out of the grocery store. Ankle sprains happen for all types of reasons, although one of the biggest contributors is wearing the wrong type of footwear. Footwear such as high heels, flip flops/sandals, or other footwear that doesn't support your feet or ankles properly can all lead to an ankle sprain. Read on for symptoms of a sprained ankle to tell if it is in fact sprained and how it is treated.
Ankle Sprain Symptoms
Ankle sprains can be painful with the pain level being anywhere from slight to severe. A sprain can sometimes feel like a strain or it may feel much worse like a break. A sprain is when the ligaments around the ankle stretch or even tear. Some of the symptoms may include:
If you have pain leading down the foot it could be a break rather than a sprain.
Ankle Sprain Treatment
Ankle sprains can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to heel depending on the severity of the sprain. Some ways to treat the sprain include:
To prevent spraining your ankle again doing some stretches can help to strengthen the ligaments in the ankle. Some basic stretches and exercises you can do include:
If you have sprained your ankle contact a podiatric sports medicine professional for a thorough exam, x-ray if needed, and treatment to heal your ankle quickly.
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