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How do You Get a Sprained Ankle

How do you get a sprained ankle? In the following article I discuss, how do you get a sprained ankle and how foot doctors rate the degree of your injury.

Honestly until I spoke with numerous podiatrists about this subject, I didn’t think that an ankle sprain was all that serious. I assumed like many people who have never had a sprain that if your ankle isn’t broken, you’ll be just fine. Turns out that is not always the case.

So how do you get a sprained ankle? All foot doctors will agree that the most common causes of a sprained ankle are from stepping on uneven surfaces like sidewalks.

Stepping on an object on the ground such as a rock can also cause an ankle sprain. Home owners with uneven yards according to podiatrist have a high rate of ankle sprains. This is often due to stepping into a hole or in a low spot that causes the ankle to bend abnormally.

A hard blow to your ankle or someone stepping on your ankle can also cause a sprain. Runners and athletes who play high action sports will often tape or wrap their ankles to try and avoid ankle sprains. However this does not always work.

A lateral inversion ankle sprain is the most common sprain that people suffer from. This type of sprain is caused when the ankle rolls outward from your leg.

It can happen as I said from stepping on uneven ground. When this injury occurs, the ligaments on the outside of the ankle are stretched outside of their normal range of motion.

A medial eversion sprain to your ankle happens when it rolls to the inside of your leg. This type of sprain can be caused by side-stepping incorrectly and from slipping on a wet or icy surface. Rollerbladers, ice skaters and hockey players suffer from this type of ankle injury most often.

High ankle sprains occur from action sports as well, like football and basketball. Faking out or juking out other players while running causes an enormous amount of pressure on the ankles.

A sudden change of direction while running that causes the ankle to bend inward and rotates the tibia will result in a high ankle sprain.

Foot doctors rate ankle sprains in 3 different ways to determine the severity.

Regular Sprain: This is the most common sprain that likely does not require any other special treatment than rest and an ice pack to reduce swelling.

2nd Degree Sprain: This type of sprain occurs when instead of just over stretching a ligament in your ankle it gets partially torn. You may have trouble standing on your ankle and its movement may be very limited.

3rd Degree Ankle Sprain: Foot doctors consider this type of sprain severe. Instead of stretched or ripped ligaments, a person with a 3rd degree ankle sprain has completely torn the ligaments in half. You won’t be able to stand and podiatrists state that most people lose all function of the foot that has the torn ligaments.

Treatments: Most ankle sprains only require a little rest and an ice pack to reduce swelling. However, this is not always the case and is why podiatrist suggests getting an x-ray of your ankle to assure that no permanent damage has been done.



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