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How Ankle Sprains May Affect Foot Stability and Strength

An ankle sprain, a common injury, occurs when the ligaments surrounding the ankle stretch or tear due to sudden twisting or rolling movements. While seemingly minor, neglecting proper treatment can lead to complications, notably ankle instability and diminished strength. An unstable ankle, characterized by a recurring feeling of giving way, poses risks of further injury and compromises mobility. This instability arises from weakened ligaments, which struggle to effectively support the ankle's weight-bearing function. Additionally, reduced ankle strength follows, as the muscles surrounding the ankle weaken from disuse during the recovery phase. Over time, this weakness can affect balance and movement, increasing the likelihood of future injuries. Consequently, comprehensive treatment that addresses both ligament healing and muscle strengthening is vital to restore stability and strength, ensuring optimal ankle function and minimizing the risk of recurrent sprains. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you seek prompt attention from a podiatrist who can help you begin the healing process.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Jeffrey Rosenblatt, DPM from New York. 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 Brooklyn and New York City, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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