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Did I Sprain My Ankle?

Have you ever experienced an ankle sprain?ankle sprain

Ankle sprains are a painful, debilitating condition that may lead to other severe foot problems when not addressed as soon as possible. If you're experiencing ankle pain, you'll need to talk to your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor, Dr. Angelo Pace, for more information.

More About Ankle Sprains and What Causes Them:

Ankle sprains are one of the most common foot injuries. There are several things that lead to ankle sprains, such as ankles twisting inward due to an unexpected movement and/or a tear, or stretch in one or more of your ligaments. Other reasons include:

  • Loss of balance
  • Walking and/or running on uneven surfaces
  • Trauma and injury due to sports

Ankle sprains are usually accompanied by:

  • swelling
  • limping
  • severe pain
  • bruising
  • limited range of motion
  • ankle instability
  • tenderness

You may confuse bone fractures and ankle sprains, which is why you need to go see your doctor as soon as possible. This is extremely important to prevent severe long-term repercussions. Only your Alexandria doctor can properly diagnose an ankle sprain. Dr. Angelo Pace uses an x-ray to examine your ankle and detect the exact problem.

How to Treat a Sprained Ankle

Rehabilitating your ankle after you can stand on it is necessary. Your foot doctor will provide you with certain exercises to strengthen your flexibility, muscles, ligaments, coordination, and balance.

Treating your sprained ankle properly will increase the rate of your recovery. All you need to remember is RICE: rest, ice, compress, and elevate your ankles.

In addition to RICE, avoid overexerting your ankle. Walking, jogging, running, and other activities will come back after your rehabilitation and recovery process.

Do you need a consultation?

For more information on how to deal with sprained ankles, just call your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor, Dr. Angelo Pace, today at (703) 971-7100.