Ankle Injuries and Why You Shouldn’t Delay Treatment!
Ankle injuries are among the most common causes for emergency room, urgent care centers, and doctors office visits in the United States. The most common ankle injuries include: ankle sprain and ankle fracture. It is safe to assume most of us have sustained a sprained ankle once or twice in our lives – and hopefully the majority of our readers recovered 100% without any long term problems. The ankle is formed by three bones: the tibia (shin bone), the fibula (outer leg bone) and the talus (lower bone in the foot). The low ankle is held together by (3) lateral ligaments (outside) and (5) medial ligaments (inside) known collectively as the deltoid ligaments – injury to any of these ligaments is termed a “low ankle sprain”. The high ankle is held together by (3) ligaments collectively known as the syndesmosis – injury to any of these ligaments is termed a “high ankle sprain”.
|Credit: FootAlliances.com (Ligament is the soft tissue structure that connects bones together)
Ankle injuries are typically classified by Grade based on severity. Severity is determined by the number of ankle ligaments injured or torn and treatment may include non-weightbearing with crutches/walker, walking boot, anti-inflammatory medication, rest, ice, compression, elevation, physical therapy, or even surgical repair if the injury is severe enough. Associated injuries with an ankle sprain include tendon injury or bone fracture which can exacerbate symptoms and delay recovery.
If you or a loved one has sustained an ankle injury – it is important to seek treatment by a qualified foot and ankle specialist. What some may believe is a simple “ankle sprain”, may in fact be an injury much worse that can be debilitating if left untreated. Call (337) 474-2233 to schedule your appointment or visit our website for your online appointment scheduling with Louisiana Foot and Ankle Specialists!
Dr. Daniel T. Hall IV, DPM, AACFAS
Source: Louisiana Foot and Ankle Specialists Blog