Did I Sprain My Ankle?

Are you concerned that you may have sprained your ankle? Our Somerset, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Jade Gittens, shares a few signs and symptoms that may occur if you have a sprain and discusses treatment options.

Your ankle hurts

Pain commonly occurs the second you experience any type of injury. If your injury is only minor, your ache may quickly disappear. When you have a sprain, the pain lingers, although your pain level may vary depending on the severity of the sprain.

Pain that increases when you walk or stand may be an indication that you have a sprained ankle. Because it can be hard to tell if ankle pain is caused by a sprain or fracture, it's a good idea to schedule a visit with our Somerset office if your pain hasn't improved more than a week after your injury, you can't put any weight at all on your leg, or you experience severe pain.

Your ankle is bruised and swollen

Your blood vessels widen to allow white blood cells to rush the site of your injury following a sprain. Although this response happens internally, you'll notice two outward signs. When blood flow increases suddenly, swelling and bruising tend to occur over the site of the injury.

You heard some sound effects when you're injured your ankle

Many people report hearing a popping sound at the moment they sprained their ankles. The sound occurs due to the stretching or tearing of ligaments in the ankle joint.

Your ankle doesn't work the way it should

Swelling and ligament damage can make it difficult to use your ankle to walk, run or jump. If your ankle is stiff and difficult to bend, you may have a sprain.

Rest is an essential element of sprained ankle treatment

Your body needs time to heal after a sprain. If you ignore your pain and other symptoms, you may do more damage to your ankle and lengthen healing time. After a sprain, it's important to:

Although home treatment is often helpful for mild ankle sprains, more serious sprains may require a visit to the foot doctor. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may benefit from a cast, walking booth, crutches or physical therapy. If your ankle becomes unstable, surgery may be needed.

Do you have any of these sprained ankle signs? Podiatric treatment can help you get back on your feet. Call our Somerset, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Gittens, at (732) 412-1282 to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Jade Gittens

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