Ankle sprains are a common injury. So common, in fact, that with an estimated 25,000 injuries happening each day, many people think they don't need to seek treatment. However, the foot doctors at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists - Dr. Zachary Haas, Dr. Mark Haas and Dr. Matthew Cobb - want to provide up-to-date and factual information about ankle sprains for their patients in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
What is an ankle sprain?
Ankle sprains can happen to anyone. Women wearing high heels, athletes and even people who are simply walking on uneven surfaces are at particular risk for spraining their ankle. A sprain happens when the ankle is twisted in an unnatural way that overstretches the ligaments in the area. Inversion sprains - in which the ankle is turned inward - are the most common types of this injury, but your Albuquerque podiatrist also sees sprains originating from an outward twisting (eversion).
Why do I need my sprain treated?
An ankle sprain may seem like no big deal, especially if you're not in a great deal of pain. You may tempted to just prop your foot up and hope for the best. However, failure to seek medical treatment can result in long-term problems, including ongoing pain and permanent instability of the affected ankle. Sometimes it's difficult to tell the difference between a sprain and a fracture, which is why any foot or ankle injury should be evaluated by a professional like your Albuquerque podiatrist as soon as possible to make sure there isn't a more serious injury.
What can be done for an ankle sprain?
Your Albuquerque podiatrist will evaluate your ankle sprain and grade it on a level of I, II or III. Grade I sprains are the easiest to treat, usually requiring simple rest, elevation and ice procedures that can be performed at home. Grade II sprains typically take more time to heal, so crutches and immobilization may be required. Grade III sprains are the most severe and may necessitate a cast to promote healing. Occasionally, Grade III ankle sprains may require surgery to stabilize the joint.
If you think you might have sprained your ankle, don't delay in calling Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists. Getting the approved treatment as soon as possible can mean much less downtime and pain in the future.