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February 26, 2015
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Ankle InjuriesAnkle injuries are defined by the kind of tissue—bone, ligament or tendon—that has been damaged. An ankle injury can happen during sports activities or while walking on an uneven surface that forces the foot and ankle into an unnatural position.

Types of Ankle Injuries

Ankle Sprains are damage to ligaments when they are stretched beyond their normal range of motion.  A ligament sprain can range from many microscopic tears in the ligament fibers to a complete tear or rupture of the ankle tendon.

Ankle Strain refers to damage to muscles and tendons as a result of being pulled or stretched too far. Acute tendon tears result from a sudden trauma or force.

Ankle Fractures are any injuries that disrupt the continuity of one of the bones that make up the ankle joint. These usually happen as a result of high stress or force to the bone.

The symptoms of a sprain and of a fracture are very similar. In fact, fractures can sometimes be mistaken for sprains, both including pain that is sudden and severe. Symptoms of ankle injuries often include: swelling, bruising and inability to walk or bear weight on the injured joint. With a sprain, the ankle may also be stiff.  With a fracture the area will be tender to the touch, and the ankle may look deformed. If the sprain is mild, the swelling and pain may be slight, but with a severe sprain, there is extreme swelling and intense pain.

If you suspect you have injured your ankle, consult with a certified foot and ankle specialist as soon as possible to minimize additional damage to the area. If you have questions or concerns about an ankle injury, schedule an appointment with Dr. Fleishman today.