Your ankle is made up of many ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. While your ankle is very strong and supports your weight, it is very easy to injure it. A sprained ankle is among the most common of injuries, and actually affects women more frequently than men. Upwards of 23,000 ankle sprains occur in the US on a daily basis. An ankle sprain occurs when the supporting ligaments of the ankle are excessively stretched or even torn. Sprained ankles can be caused by stepping awkwardly on a curb, slipping, or if you put your weight down on your foot awkwardly.
A mild ankle injury can often be treated at home with rest and ice, but if you are experiencing severe, persistent ankle pain, redness, and bruising, it is important to see a foot doctor immediately. Sprains need to be properly evaluated and treated to avoid repeat injuries and chronic ankle instability.
Some of the other injuries or conditions that can cause ankle pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- A broken ankle or foot
- Plantar fasciitis
- Hairline fractures
Even a minor injury to the ankle can be extremely painful. Home treatment for ankle injuries may include ibuprofen for pain and the RICE method:
- Rest—Take the weight off your ankle.
- Ice—15 minutes, 3 times a day.
- Compression—Wrap the ankle with a compression bandage.
- Elevation—Raise your foot above the level of your heart.
If the swelling doesn’t decrease after several days, or if you have pain that doesn’t improve within a few days, it is time to schedule a visit with a doctor who specializes in foot pain. If you are concerned about a foot or ankle problem, contact the Foot First Podiatry at (812) 945-9221 in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet.