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Ankle Sprains and Peripheral Nerve Damage

Ankle sprains, while commonly known for affecting ligaments, can also lead to peripheral nerve damage when the injury is severe. Peripheral nerve damage can occur when the nerves around the ankle are stretched, compressed, or torn during the sprain. Symptoms of peripheral nerve damage from an ankle sprain include tingling, numbness, or a burning sensation in the foot or along the ankle. Some patients might also experience a sensation of “pins and needles.” They may also have a lowered ability to feel touch, pain, or temperature changes. Severe cases can result in a limited ability to walk due to muscle weakness. Proper diagnosis and treatment are important to manage symptoms effectively. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, can use tools like nerve conduction studies to assess the extent of nerve damage. They may suggest various treatments,  including targeted stretching techniques to strengthen and restore function and medications that help manage pain and nerve symptoms. To alleviate pain and minimize the risk of chronic ankle pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for treatment options. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM from Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lakewood Ranch, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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