Ankle sprains frequently occur when the ligaments that provide support to the ankle are overextended or torn. This type of injury can cause pain, swelling, and instability in the ankle, making it difficult to walk or stand.
An ankle sprain is typically caused by twisting, turning, or rolling the ankle awkwardly, often due to a strong force transmitted upon landing. They can be caused by planting the foot unevenly on a surface and applying a pressure greater than usual during a step. This can result in the stretching of ligaments beyond their typical range and into abnormal positions.
- Pain, particularly while putting weight on the injured foot
- Tenderness when the ankle is touched
- Swelling in the affected area
- Bruising around the ankle
- Limited range of motion in the ankle
- Instability or unsteadiness in the ankle
- A popping or snapping sensation or sound at the time of the injury
Most mild to moderate ankle sprains will heal independently with proper care and management. The duration of the recovery process may vary from a few weeks to several months, contingent upon the seriousness of the injury.
Initial acute management includes rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E. therapy). Pain medication, physiotherapy, and mobility support can help recover the ankle. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be required to repair damaged ligaments.
It is crucial to seek medical attention to immediately ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. Prompt treatment can help speed up healing and reduce the risk of long-term complications. Book an appointment with our sports injury specialist in Singapore, Dr Dennis Ng, to recommend the most appropriate treatment options for your ankle injury today.
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