Most people will encounter some problem with their mobility as they go through life, often caused by a simple misstep or a poorly maintained pavement. Sometimes, they may turn their ankle awkwardly while trying to maintain balance, and this can cause some immediate damage to the structure of the foot. If you have sprained your ankle in a situation similar to this, what's the best way to deal with it? 

Torn Ligaments

An ankle sprain should more realistically be referred to as a "tear." This is because the ligaments that connect the bones may rupture when they are hyperextended, and a tear may develop in the fibrous tissues. As these ligaments are crucial to ensure stability, it is very difficult to walk on the affected leg, and the condition is usually accompanied by a degree of pain. It is important to address the problem correctly to avoid any repercussions in the future.

In the immediate aftermath, most people will find it very difficult to put any pressure at all on the affected leg and will certainly have difficulty walking from that point on. They may notice swelling, and some bruising may appear on the outside of the ankle.

Initial Investigation

While the ligaments will recover and repair themselves over time, it is important to ensure that there are no associated injuries that may be more significant. This is why you may need to get an MRI to determine if the tendons in your lower leg have been injured. In the worst-case scenario, you may have a hairline fracture on one of the bones.

Rest Advised

It is best to rest as much as possible and to apply ice to the area to help reduce any swelling. You may also need to use a compression pack, and you should keep the leg in an elevated position if at all possible to aid the recovery.

Patience Required

Most people lead a very active life, of course, and it can be quite difficult to remain inactive for any period of time. Nevertheless, it is important to give the injury as much attention as you can. If you don't, the leg may be more prone to a repeat injury in the future.

Expert Help

Those who have picked up a significant injury should talk with a podiatrist. The podiatrist may be able to help re-establish range of motion or prescribe custom orthotics that will give additional control and stability. This approach will certainly help to enhance recovery and may prevent any future occurrence as well.

To learn more about foot care procedures, contact a podiatry clinic.