Not sure if your ankle pain is caused by a sprain? Edison, NJ, and Woodbridge, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Roche explains a few signs and symptoms that can occur if you sprain your ankle.
Ankle sprain signs and symptoms
If you've sprained your ankle, you may experience:
- Ankle Pain: Pain develops after your ligament tears or stretches. The injury typically occurs if you roll your foot when landing after a jump or twist your ankle while walking or running. Walking or putting pressure on the joint can increase pain.
- Rapid swelling: Swelling begins soon after you injure your ankle, due to increased blood flow to the area. Your body's immune system responds to your injury by releasing white blood cells needed for healing.
- Bruising: A bruise may form on the skin on your ankle after a sprain.
- Popping: If the ligament tears, you may hear a popping sound at the time of your injury.
- Difficulty Moving the Joint: It may be hard to move or bend your foot or put weight on your ankle if you have a sprain.
Are all sprains the same?
Ankle sprains divided into three categories. Grade 1 sprains occur when the ligament stretches, causing mild pain and swelling. Your ligament partially tears if you have a Grade 2 sprain. In addition to pain and swelling, you may find it difficult to put any pressure on your ankle joint. Grade 3 sprains are the most severe sprains and occur when the ligament tears completely. If you have this type of sprain, your ankle will feel very unstable, and you'll experience severe pain, in addition to swelling and bruising.
How are sprains treated?
Mild sprains usually get better in a week or two if you stay off your feet as much as possible, wrap the ankle to reduce swelling, and use ice to decrease pain and inflammation. When your pain doesn't improve, or you immediately experience severe pain or an inability to put weight on your ankle, call our Edison or Woodbridge office. Failing to treat ankle sprain symptoms can lead to chronic pain or joint instability.
Walking boots and crutches help relieve pressure on your ankle, allowing it to heal. Physical therapy may also be recommended. Surgery is usually only needed if your joint has become unstable.
Don't let a sprained ankle keep you off your feet a second longer than necessary. Schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Daniel Roche by calling (908) 753-0500 for the Edison office or (732) 636-8500 for the Woodbridge office.