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Torn Ligaments in Ankle, Swelling and Bruising Pictures and How to Heal a Sprained Ankle
Sprained Ankle or Twisted Ankle
It's Summer time which is a time full of BBQ's, water sports and swimming, and vacations. What comes with being outside is twisted and sprained ankles. It doesn't just have to be during the warmer weather though. We can just step the wrong way and suddenly our ankle can give out on us. A lot of times we're not for sure if it's twisted or sprained ankle, and than how to take care of it. What happens is it tears the ligaments that hold the ankle together. Ligament assist in holding the joints together. They are extremely tough, but what happens when it tears is they are forced beyond the point of normal movement. That's why there is so much pain associated with a sprained ankle because those ligaments have to fuse back together.
Sprained Ankle Torn Ligaments
Signs and Symptoms of a Sprained Ankle
The signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle include hearing a loud pop. This is always the case, but a lot of people do. Followed right after the pop is a shooting pain to the ankle. After the initial sprain, you'll notice the pain will dull some but when you put pressure on it by standing or walking the pain will heighten. A lot of people experience bruising and swelling. The first day it's good to ice it every few hours for 15 - 20 minutes. This will help with the swelling. The final symptom is restriction in your movements.
Swollen Sprained Ankle
How to Treat a Sprained Ankle
Most people are able to treat a sprained ankle at home. If you just ice it for the first day every few hours for 15 - 20 minutes and put an Ace bandage around your foot and ankle for support, the majority of the time that is all that is needed. If you continue to have extreme pain a few hours after the incident you should call your Doctor or go the Emergency room. They will do an X-ray to make sure there's no broken bones and check the general condition of your foot.