A sprain is the partial tearing of a ligament. A ligament is a fibrous band of connective tissue that joins the ends of two bones together. Be careful, partial tears can lead to complete tears if not treated early.
Ankle sprains are common, and typically occur when the ankle rolls suddenly inward or outward.
Symptoms of an ankle sprain include pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation. The individual often feels a tear or pop in the joint.
Chronic strains are the result of overuse of muscles and tendons, especially in the arch. Insufficient rest during training oftentimes lead to a strain; as do weak arches. Symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, inflammation, and cramping.
Prevention and Treatment
There is no way to make yourself immune to sprains and strains, but proper stretching, appropriate footwear, and orthotics will help alleviate these potential problems. Treatment begins with RICE: Rest/Ice/Compression/Elevation.
We can provide compression and a walking Boot as well as support with bracing/taping in the early stage.
We also use Physical Therapy in the next stage to lead to full healing.
Visit our Board Certified podiatrists as soon as possible to help prevent risk of complication or long term injury. If you’ve suffered a sprain or strain, contact our office today (732) 739-3230.
Arch pain, also sometimes called a strain, often causes inflammation and a burning sensation under the arch of the foot. Both flat-feet and high arch feet can strain the arch ligament.
See also Flat foot, Plantar Fascitis or Orthotics.