Ankles. Most people don’t pay much attention to this joint. At least, they don’t until it begins to hurt. It’s usually at that point that you might stop to consider how many common activities rely on healthy ankles.
Having a sprained ankle is an issue that can make normal daily activities like walking to the mailbox harder. It’s also a very common injury. Studies on ankle pain reveal that more than 23,000 people per day sprain their ankle in the U.S. This frequency makes it the most common musculoskeletal injury primary care providers see. However, effectively treating a sprained ankle requires that you’re sure that’s the issue you’re dealing with. Physical therapists can help you learn five signs that your ankle is sprained.
Five common signs that your ankle is sprained
The answer to the question, “Is my ankle sprained?” could just as easily be no rather than yes. After all, the ankle is also susceptible to issues such as osteoarthritis, fractures and bursitis. A physical therapist can help you determine which ankle issue you’re dealing with.
They can do so by doing an assessment that looks for several common signs of an ankle sprain. Five of the most common of these signs include:
- Swelling — This is a result of the immune system rushing fluid to the injury site.
- Pain — This sign can vary in intensity depending on the severity of the sprain.
- Bruising — Occurs when blood from damaged tissue collects near the skin; this causes black and blue marks to appear on the skin.
- Stiffness — Often, ankle sprains cause difficulty moving the joint through its normal range of motion.
- Difficulty putting weight on the affected ankle — This is the result of the damage sprains cause in ligaments that support the ankle.
Noticed signs that your ankle is sprained? Continuum Wellness can help
Wondering if your symptoms mean your ankle is sprained? Our therapy specialists at Continuum Wellness are here to assist you. We offer free screenings designed to pinpoint the source of your ankle symptoms. Our team also excels at building individualized therapy plans to treat sprained ankles.
Not able to come to us because you’re at high risk of catching the coronavirus? Don’t worry. Our team can come to you. We’re currently offering virtual care sessions online, and our team is also offering at-home therapy appointments. Both options allow you to get the therapy you need without leaving your home.
Take the next step to start getting our help with your ankle sprain. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule your initial appointment.