Does your ankle still hurt days after you twisted it? You may have a sprained ankle. Whether your injury occurred when you were playing your favorite sport, or you rolled your ankle when you unexpectedly stepped in a depression in the ground, your sprained ankle may keep you off your feet longer than you expected. Sprained ankles are among the foot and ankle conditions that Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, Naperville, IL, foot doctor, treats.
How do sprains occur?
Sprains happen when the ligaments that connect the bones in your ankle joint stretch or tear. Ankle sprains are grouped into three classifications. Grade 1 sprains only stretch your ligaments and are the mildest type of sprain. Partial tearing occurs in grade 2 sprains, while a complete tear happens if you have a grade 3 sprain.
What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?
Symptoms vary depending on the severity of your ankle sprain, but may include:
- Mild to Severe Pain: If you have a grade 1 sprain, pain may quickly diminish soon after you hurt your ankle, although you may feel a few twinges when you walk or stand. Pain is more intense in grade 2 and 3 sprains and lasts longer. Severe pain may make it difficult to walk or put any weight on your ankle.
- An Alarming Sound: Sound effects are common with sprained ankles. In fact, your ligaments may make a popping or snapping sound when they stretch or tear.
- Swelling: Swelling happens fairly quickly after you sprain your ankle and occurs as a result of increased blood flow to the joint. Flooding your sprained ankle with white blood cells promotes healing and decreases the risk of infection.
- A Purple Bruise: Bruises form when blood pools under your skin as a result of small tears to blood vessels at the moment you injured your ankle.
- Difficulty Walking: Pain, swelling or joint instability may make walking difficult if you have a swollen ankle. If you can't put any weight on your ankle at all or if pain, swelling, or other symptoms continue longer than a week, it's a good idea to pay a visit to a Naperville foot doctor.
Prompt treatment for your ankle sprain can help you avoid chronic pain and other consequences. Call Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, Naperville, IL, foot doctor, at (630) 778-7670 to schedule an appointment.