The ankle joint is kept stable by several strong ligaments working alongside the muscles in the foot. When one of these ligaments is stretched or torn, it is called a sprain. We can treat ankle sprains in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Worksop.
Sharp, sudden twisting movements can cause damage to these ligaments, such as when the ankle “gives way” underneath us. When the ankle is sprained, tendons and blood vessels can also be damaged.
An ankle sprain is a common injury for sports that involve running or jumping. However, you’re just as likely to sprain an ankle when walking without proper attention and walking off a curb unnoticed or missing a step when coming downstairs.
Ankles sprains are painful and the symptoms include:
If you are unable to walk or put weight on your foot, it’s possible that you may have broken a bone. Therefore, it’s important to visit your GP or A&E department to be sent for an x-ray of your ankle.
For a mild sprain, you can use the RICE principle to treat yourself at home:
Other ankle sprain treatments include:
For ankle sprains that don’t seem to get better through non-invasive treatments, surgery might be an option. Surgery may be required to assess the damage and/or repair ligaments. Book your treatment for ankle sprains in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster or Worksop. You can also follow us on social media.