Ankle sprains are likely the most common traumatic injuries affecting the feet and ankles. By some estimates, there may be as many as 2 million such injuries in the United States each year.
Sprains are usually the result of a sudden, accidental roll or twist in the ankle that forces the joint to extend beyond its normal range of motion. This causes one or more of the ligaments that hold and support the ankle to stretch or tear.
While many of the mildest sprains can be treated at home, the wisest course of action is always to seek out a foot and ankle expert for evaluation and care. Without proper treatment, even relatively mild ankle sprains can fail to heal properly, resulting in persistent weakness and instability in the joint and a greater risk of future sprains.
New Bern’s Foot and Ankle Sports Injury Expert
We understand that active individuals often hesitate to seek medical care for injuries, particularly if they feel like they can “walk it off” or still play through the pain. Unfortunately, this often will only lead to longer-lasting, more serious pain that keeps you out of the game for longer.
Any ankle sprain of any severity is a serious injury that must be treated appropriately, so please do not hesitate to call the team at InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry if you experience any pain or instability after rolling or twisting an ankle. You can reach us at (252) 638-4700, or by completing our contact form.