Ankle sprains account for 85% of ankle injuries

From injuries and external trauma to biomechanical issues of the foot like flat feet or high arches, there are many causes and factors that can contribute to ankle pain. Understanding the different causes is vital for preventive and proactive care for your foot and ankles.

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Ankle pain is a common condition and can manifest in different forms, often stemming from different types of injuries and causes. Common sources of ankle pain include sprains, external trauma, biomechanical issues and chronic conditions. Chronic anke pain conditions may arise due to unresolved fracture, peroneal tendon injuries, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), gout, rheumatoid arthritis, Tarsal tunnel syndrome (nerve compression), infection and poor structural alignment.

As there are numerous causes and factors, it is crucial for those experiencing ankle pain to consult a healthcare professional. A foot and ankle specialist, such as a podiatrist, will conduct a comprehensive foot assessment, utilising diagnostic tools like musculoskeletal ultrasound, to identify the source of the pain.

At East Coast Podiatry, we specialise in providing safe and non-invasive therapy for various ankle conditions.
In cases where surgery is required, our podiatrists will refer you to a trusted foot and ankle surgeon to receive surgical solutions for an optimal recovery process.

For temporary pain relief at home, do consider taking these steps:

  • REST the foot
  • ICE the ankle for pain relief
  • ELEVATE the foot to help with the swelling and,
  • IMMOBILISE the ankle to avoid further aggravation

If the pain persists or worsens, seeking professional assessment and solutions from a podiatrist is recommended. Combined with advanced technological therapies, such as EMTT, we aim to facilitate and enhance recovery for the individual. Prompt attention to ankle pain and sprains is crucial, as unresolved issues may lead to irreversible deformities and disabilities, negatively impacting your quality of life.

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What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain is an injury of the ligaments around the ankle due to excessive rolling or twisting. When this occurs, the ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range of motion, and in severe cases, may result in the tearing of the ligament. Ankle sprains are the most common ankle injury in Singapore.

Why do we sprain our ankle?

While ankle sprains are usually caused by a single event, such as a fall, landing awkwardly after a jump, or having someone step or land on your foot, there are often underlying causes that contribute to ankle sprains. This may include, previous ankle injury, poor footwear choices or a lack of flexibility or strength in the ankle. Previous ankle injuries are a major culprit as they weaken your ankle, hence increasing the incidence of such injuries.

Do I need surgery for ankle sprains?

Surgery is rarely required for ankle sprains as the ligaments of the ankle can remodel themselves. Nonetheless, you should seek help from a foot specialist or podiatrist to avoid injury progression and future injury.

How can we manage ankle sprains?

Depending on the severity and type of injury, the course of action for ankle sprains can range from applying R.I.C.E to the affected area, to using crutches or splints, to using electromagnetic stimulation to help facilitate recovery. For both mild and severe injuries, physical therapy may be prescribed for rehabilitation purposes.

What are some symptoms of ankle sprains?

You usually know when you have sprained your ankle because of the very noticeable twisting or turning motion.

Will it go away on its own?

While ankle injuries can heal on their own, they often heal incorrectly or in a manner that encourages future injury. A severe ankle sprain may take several months to fully recover. If neglected, complications such as chronic ankle instability or even ankle arthritis may occur.

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