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Ankle Sprain And Foot Sprain

Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia - West Cobb -  - Podiatric Surgeon and Foot & Ankle Specialist

Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia - West Cobb

Podiatric Surgeons and Foot & Ankle Specialists located in Marietta, GA

While we encourage being as active as possible, it is also important to prevent sprains of the ankle ligaments. Wearing appropriate supportive shoes and inserts are paramount to preventing ankle sprains. A thorough ankle stretching and strengthening regimen is also important to preventing a rolled ankle or sprained foot.

We can take every precaution possible to prevent our ankles from being sprained, but sometimes, it just happens. Ankle injuries can happen to anyone! Seeking medical care from a podiatrist near you is important to evaluate a twisted ankle.

Our foot and ankle ligaments are in charge of keeping our joint together in the proper position, and a sprain or torn ligament can cause other problems. You may experience ankle pain, ankle swelling, ecchymosis, and a loose or rigid ankle. Resting, icing, elevating, and compression are key early treatments. Our podiatrists will perform a thorough evaluation that may include x-rays to make sure no ankle or foot bones have been fractures. Depending on the evaluation, an MRI might be ordered to further evaluate the degree of foot sprain or high ankle sprain.

Please don’t leave your ankle sprain untreated! Feel free to reach out to our office to see one of our wonderful doctors!

Our ankles are made up of 3 bones (the tibia, fibula, and talus) and are held together by strong tissue called ligament. These ligaments purpose is to prevent our jonts from dislocating and allow for stable walking and running. When we twist our ankle (or turn or ankle) too far in any direction, the ligaments can stretch out too far (sprain) they can tear and become inflammed.

Sprains can occur from a variety of ways, such as stepping off a curb incorrectly or getting tackled while playing football.

Sports Injury

Ankle sprains commonly occur when athletes land incorrectly on their foot, pivot suddently to change direction, or sustain an injury directly to the ankle. To prevent ankle sprains, wearing properly fitting supportive shoes and inserts is very important. While participating in winter sports, you should wear thick socks and properly fitted boots. Atheltes can also tape their ankles, wear ankle braces, or wear compression to increase ankle support. 

There are also many exercises and proprioception training tools (such as a BAPS board) that help prevent sprains.

Ankle Sprain Surgery

While many ankle sprains can be treated with conservative modalities, sometimes surgery is the only way to fix the broken ligaments. An MRI gives great visualization as to the extent of the injury and gives insights as to what the best treatment will be. For some incomplete sprains, the ligament can be repaired without a full incision. In cases of complete tears of the ligaments, either direct repair of the ligament is necessary or using a device (such as an internal brace) to replace the ligament.

Our doctors and surgeons are board certified and traianed in a variety of conservative and surgical treatments for ankle sprains. We pride ourselves on staying up to date on all new treatment modalities to ensure the best treatment for our patients.