Ankle Sprains may have Lifelong Effects
Several new studies in both people and animals have revealed that a single sprained ankle may have lingering, lifelong negative effects on how well and often one may move. In one study that involved young people, college students with chronic ankle instability were found to move significantly less than those without the condition; taking a daily average of about 2,000 fewer steps. This reflected a different study involving mice, in which mice with past sprains continued to have problems during balance testing when compared to mice that did not suffer injury.
Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will treat your foot and ankle needs.
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
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits can aid in prevention
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 feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.