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Getting 'Back in the Game' After an Ankle Sprain

The strong bands of ligaments that bind together and support the ankle bones can become injured when they are stretched beyond their normal constraints during physical activity, or if the ankle is chronically unstable and “turns out.” This injury is known as an ankle sprain. There are several grades of ankle sprains, with the most severe ones involving a partial or full tear of the ligament(s). Symptoms of an ankle sprain include varying degrees of pain, bruising, stiffness, swelling, and soreness. Depending on how bad the sprain is, and whether the ligament has torn, it may be difficult or impossible to walk on the affected foot. Even mild ankle sprains should be assessed and treated by a podiatrist, as improperly healed sprains may lead to future sprains and chronic ankle instability. Contact a podiatrist if you have sustained an ankle injury, or if you have weak ankles due to a prior ankle sprain. They will be able to help your ankle heal properly so you can get “back in the game,” and avoid any future complications.


Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Michigan Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Livonia, and Southfield, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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