While dancing and singing onstage in Las Vegas recently, pop star Britney Spears suddenly rolled her ankle and fell. Although she gamely stood up and continued, she had to cancel several upcoming shows to rest and heal the torn ligament. Few of us are pop sensations, but a sprained ankle is a common injury, so let’s learn how to treat and prevent sprains to maintain our active lives.
Children and adults alike can sprain their ankles. A sprain can be mild or severe, but must not be left untreated. A severe or unaddressed sprain can tear the ligaments (bands of tissue) around the ankle bones or contribute to bone fractures.
A sprained ankle is commonly caused by:
- Misplacement of feet in athletic activities that can ‘turn’ the ankle painfully, including dancing
- Missteps on an uneven surface, e.g. while hiking
- A sudden trauma, like a bad fall, that abnormally twists the ankle
- Coming down awkwardly on your foot in a twist or roll
You may have a sprained ankle if you experience:
- Pain around the ankle joint area
- Stiffness and poor flexibility
Diagnosis and Treatment
If left untreated, even a mildly sprained ankle may lead to complications such as dislocation and fracture of ankle bones, chronically unstable ankle joints and repeated injury. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us by phone or online appointment request. Our Advanced Foot Care Centers practice has six locations in our communities in Tennessee (Hixson and Chattanooga) and Georgia (Ft. Oglethorpe and Dalton). One of our five medical professionals will evaluate your condition, make the appropriate recommendations to relieve your current pain (e.g. medications, devices, physical therapy) and work with you to make a plan to prevent recurrence (e.g. advice on lifestyle, footwear and exercises). We want to help you recover from your condition and return to your active life as soon as possible.