Should you contact your doctor about the sprained ankle?

Whether it is a recreational athletes or young people who practice a sport, a sprained ankle joint accompanied by swelling and pain is one of the most common sports injuries. Sprained Ankle mostly occurs when landing or when standing on another player’s foot.

What should you do when you get the problem of ankle sprained?

Size of the swelling, usually is in direct correlation with the degree of injury – as swelling gets larger, the injuries gets more serious. In milder injuries, with moderate pain and swelling that gradually withdraws from day to day, it is enough to stand and apply the basic advice for treatment in the acute phase of injury.

However, if the region of the joint a large swelling get formed, accompanied by a large hematoma (blueness beneath the skin), it does not hurt to contact your doctor. This is especially true when the swelling and pain are not withdrawn within seven days. Sprained ankle joint is one of the most common injuries in sports. Just by touching (palpation) of the painful spot, a doctor can identify which of the ligaments is injured. With the help of a pair of “Stress tests” and comparing the injured with the good leg, the doctor will test the stability of the joint. In rare cases, the specialist will recommend X-rays. If necessary, with careful examination the doctor checks also the possibility of bone fractures of the foot and lower leg. This is very important in injuries of the highest level (the total disruption of ligaments), as they are in 80 percent of cases accompanied by damage to neural structures of the lower leg, and such damage can be caused by breaking the bones of the lower leg.

All in all, it is better to be safe than sorry, and you should always consult with your doctor if you are in pain, whatever it may be it’s causing it.

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