I think I sprained my ankle!

What is a sprain?Dollarphotoclub_44776057

A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Ligaments are tissues that connect two or more bones at a joint. Sprains can be caused by falling, twisting or blow to the body forcing the joint out of its normal position.  Sprains can usually occur on the wrist and thumbs, but most commonly on the ankles.

Signs and symptoms of a sprain:

  • Pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Bruising.
  • Not being able to move or use the joint.

How to treat sprains:

  • Rest the injured area and keep it elevated.
  • Ice the injury.
  • Compress the injury using bandages, casts, boots, or splints.
  • Take oral medication that the doctor may prescribe, such as ibuprofen or aspirin.

Some ways to prevent sprains are to avoid falling, maintain a healthy weight, wear shoes that fit well, well-balanced diet to keep muscles strong, and exercise every day. These are activities that can be easily incorporated in our daily lives.

If you have you noticed  the pain or swelling on your injury has increased then you may need to see a doctor. Our office loves providing the best possible care for our patients with injuries such as these. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Hollander (707) 578-1222.

Alma R. Hernandez, PMA

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