Posted on June 22, 2015
You don't think about how important your healthy ankles are until you can no longer rely on them. When your ankles sustain an injury, you can't stand or walk without experiencing pain. You have difficulty balancing. Because your ankle is so complex and important, a wrong step that causes a sprain or a break can keep you from walking for the next several months.
Unfortunately, ankle injuries can happen to anyone—old or young, male or female, active or sedentary. You just have to step on an uneven or slippery surface to sustain an injury. If you're prone to ankle injuries, participate in sports, or worry about damaging your ankles, read our blog below. We'll list some common ankle injuries and then tell you how to both prevent and treat them.
Your ankle is the meeting point of three bones, which your tendons and ligaments hold together. When you hurt your ankle, you can damage the tendons, ligaments, or bone.
Your tendons connect your bones to muscle and allow your foot and ankle to move. The most commonly damaged tendons are the peroneal tendons, which attach your peroneal muscles to the outside of your ankle. Some common tendon injuries include:
While tendons connect bones to muscle, ligaments connect bone to bone. Your ligaments hold these bones in place while your ankle, foot, and leg move. A sprain is the most common type of ligament injury.
A sprain usually occurs when your foot twists beneath your leg or ankle. This twist can happen while you play sports or if you slip while walking or running. Symptoms include bruising and swelling. In a severe sprain, you won't be able to put pressure on your foot. After you severely sprain your ankle, you're more prone to spraining it in the future.
Your ankle or foot can break in a fall, car crash, or jump or from something heavy falling on top of your ankle. You can also break or fracture your ankle simply by putting too much stress on it, such as by frequently running long distances.
It's easy to confuse a sprain with a fracture or break. You should see a doctor to get a correct diagnosis. Your symptoms can include:
Treatment depends on the break's severity, but it can include wearing a cast and undergoing surgery to stabilize the bone.
You can minimize your risk of ankle injury by taking these precautions:
If you experience an ankle injury in spite of your best precautions, visit a doctor immediately. Depending on your injury's severity, he or she might recommend you keep weight off your ankle while it heals with a knee scooter. Along with using your knee scooter, make sure you take these steps:
Now that you know more about ankle injuries, you can prevent them in the future. If you've already experienced an injury, don't worry—with your doctor and knee scooter's help, your ankle will hopefully return to normal soon.