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A study conducted at the University of North Carolina Charlotte used mice to study how the effects of ankle sprains can linger on for life. Young adult mice were separated into three groups, each induced with a different level of ankle sprain. After each group was given an ample amount of time to heal, 70% of the mice were showing symptoms of Chronic Ankle Injury after just one injury. The results showed that Chronic Ankle Injury symptoms may begin to develop after just one year of healing.    

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 21, 2014
Category: Foot Health

ArthritisStiff ankles can you make you feel and move like Frankenstein. Whether it’s walking, running or simply trying to go about your day, they hinder you with pain, discomfort and the inability to move the way in which you want or need. The most common cause of stiff ankles is arthritis. While there are many different types of this condition, each works in a similar way: the bones and cartilage of the body become extremely swollen and inflamed. This inflammation prevents your joints from moving with ease. Those with injuries or past trauma to the ankle are prone to developing this painful problem.

While arthritis is a serious medical condition that should be professionally treated, there are exercises for stiff ankles that you can do at home to improve your flexibility and regain mobility. One such exercise you can try is ankle circles.

Relax your back into a comfortable chair that provides plenty of back support and cushioning. Slowly, raise your leg until it is straightened out before you. Then, make gentle circles with your ankle to the right. Repeat this ten times before allowing your foot to rest on the floor. Next, you’ll want to rotate your ankle to the left. After resting again, move on to the other leg.

Another exercise you can try is to simply flex your ankle and push your forefoot up against a sturdy object like a wall for ten seconds. Do ten sets of these for each leg. This helps your ankle build strength and stability, thus decreasing your chance of stiffness developing.

Do you suffer from stiff ankles? Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay are happy to provide you with more information and support. Visit us at any of our locations, in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos CA.

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