Did you know that an ankle sprain, if proper treatment is not performed, can cause chronic instability?
Before addressing the subject, let's know some generalities:
- It is the most frequent injury in the physically active population.
- Recurrence rates after sprain are high.
- It is ideal to optimize management with timely diagnosis.
- It is followed by physical limitation.
An ankle sprain is an injury that occurs when the ankle is bent or twisted in some way, what happens is that the ligaments that help hold the ankle bones together are stretched or torn.
When the ankle is forced out of its normal position, a sprain occurs, which can cause one or more of the ligaments in the ankle to be stretched or torn in whole or in part.
Some causes of ankle sprains are: falls, stepping or falling badly, while practicing some sport or physical activity, walking on an irregular and unstable surface, inadequate footwear or previous ankle injuries.
If an ankle sprain is not promptly diagnosed and treated, the patient may present with chronic ankle pain, chronic instability, or arthritis in the ankle joint.
However, if you have suffered a sprained ankle and you practice some sport or perform recurring physical activity or present some of these symptoms in the ankle area, it is advisable to consult a specialist who will be able to carry out an adequate assessment, to prevent instability. chronic or more complex pathologies:
- Persistent pain.
- Perceived unsteadiness.
- Weakness and swelling.
- Decreased range of motion.
Appropriate care and rehabilitation is critical to regaining mobility and movement. Therefore, at Hospital Serena del Mar we provide a timely diagnosis with a multidisciplinary approach to treat the wide range of foot and ankle conditions.