Different Ankle Injuries

09-Agosto-2014Different Symptoms?

The symptoms of a sprain and of a fracture are very similar. In fact, fractures can sometimes be mistaken for sprains. That's why it's important to have an ankle injury evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible. The signs include:

  • Pain, often sudden and severe
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Inability to walk or bear weight on the injured joint

Ankle Fracture

08-Agosto-2014Treatment

1. Leave Protruding Bone Alone.- If a bone has broken through the skin, don't push it back into place. Cover the area with a clean bandage and seek immediate medical attention.
2. Stop Bleeding.- Apply steady, direct pressure with a cloth for 15 minutes and elevate the wound. If blood soaks through, apply another cloth over the first and seek immediate medical attention.
3. Control Swelling.- Remove ankle bracelets or toe rings.

Sprain in the Ankle

07-Agosto-2014Symptoms

When an ankle is injured with a sprain, tendon injury, or fracture, inflammation occurs. Blood vessels become "leaky" and allow fluid to ooze into the soft tissue surrounding the joint.

My Ankle Sprain

06-Agosto-2014Possible Causes

Ligaments, which provide the connection between the bones of the ankle, are injured when more than normal stretching force is applied to them. This happens most commonly when the foot is turned inward or inverted. This kind of injury can happen in the following ways:

Ankle Sprain

05-Agosto-2014Overview

The ankle joint, which connects the foot with the lower leg, is injured often. An unnatural twisting motion can happen when the foot is planted awkwardly, when the ground is uneven, or when an unusual amount of force is applied to the joint.

What Causes Ankle Injuries?

04-Agosto-2014Discover the Answer

An ankle injury occurs when the ankle joint is twisted too far out of its normal position. Most ankle injuries occur either during sports activities or while walking on an uneven surface that forces the foot and ankle into an unnatural position.

Do You Have a Fractured Ankle?

17-Agosto-2014Learn How to Relieve Symptom

To reduce pain and swelling:

  • Sit with your foot elevated higher than your knee at least 4 times a day.
  • Apply an ice pack 20 minutes of every hour you are awake for the first 2 days.
  • After 2 days, use the ice pack for 10 - 20 minutes 3 times a day, as needed.

What Kinds of Ankle Injuries Are There?

03-Agosto-2014Sprains, Strains, and Fractures

Ankle injuries are defined by the kind of tissue -- bone, ligament, or tendon -- that's damaged. The ankle is where three bones meet the tibia and fibula of your lower leg with the talus of your foot. These bones are held together at the ankle joint by ligaments, which are strong elastic bands of connective tissue that keep the bones in place while allowing normal ankle motion. Tendons attach muscles to the bones to do the work of making the ankle and foot move, and help keep the joints stable.

Ankle Injuries

02-Agosto-2014The Causes

Ankle injuries are often thought of as sports injuries. But you don't have to be an athlete or even a "weekend warrior" to turn your ankle and hurt it. Something as simple as walking on an uneven surface can cause a painful, debilitating sprain.

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