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  • Stonecrest Physicians Building
    300 Stonecrest Blvd, Ste 450

    Smyrna, TN 37167
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  • Brentwood Office
  • 10644 Concord Road
    Brentwood, TN 37027
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  • Hermitage Office
  • Summit Outpatient Center
    3901 Central Pike, Ste 353

    Hermitage, TN 37076
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  • Lebanon Office
  • 1424 Baddour Pkwy, Ste E
    Lebanon, TN 37087
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  • Bellevue Office
  • 140 Belle Forest Circle
    Nashville, TN 37221
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  • Mt. Juliet Office
  • 660 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Suite 120
    Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
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  • Waverly Office
  • 110 Hillwood Drive
    Waverly, TN 37185
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What to Know about Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are a common occurrence, and it is important that ankle sprains always be treated appropriately. A sprain is caused due to some type of twisting that is unnatural, or some type of force that is put on the ankle and/or foot. Any twisting or force can cause excessive stretching and/or tearing of ligaments. More than one ligament can be involved in a sprain, and the severity of ankle sprains vary. Some sprains are more serious than others and the severity can change the type and duration of the treatment chosen for the sprain. If you do suspect a sprain, see a medical professional for an evaluation. Ankle sprains can cause serious and long-term issues if they are not treated appropriately.

Symptoms of an ankle sprain may include:

  • Pain after a twist or an injury
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

There are different treatments available depending on your specific case, however, treatment usually includes resting and staying off the ankle, and elevating the injured ankle. Applying ice is also recommended to help reduce swelling and pain. Compressive bandages can be utilized in immobilizing and supporting the injured ankle while healing takes place. More serious ankle sprains may need surgery. The goal of surgery for an ankle sprain is to repair and tighten the ligaments that have been damaged. Surgery for sprains is especially common among competitive athletes who suffer a serious sprain.

To help prevent ankle sprains from occurring in the first place, attempt to maintain the strength, balance, and flexibility in your foot and ankle. You can do this by exercising, stretching, and by wearing appropriate, well-fitted shoes.