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Sprained ankles may occur when a person accidentally rolls, twists, or turns their ankle in an awkward way. When this occurs, ligaments in the ankle are being forced beyond their range of motion, thus causing an injury. Some symptoms that point to having a sprained ankle may include swelling, bruising, tenderness, and pain inflicted on the affected area. Some may also experience restricted range of motion or feel instability in the ankle.
There are many factors that play into the cause of ankle sprains. Simple, everyday activities like walking can lead to an ankle sprain if the activity is being done on an uneven surface. The same goes for running or exercising. Those who partake in sports may be more susceptible to obtaining a sprained ankle because they’re more likely to fall or land uncomfortably after a jump, which can lead to an injury.
It’s important to note that some of the main risk factors that can lead to sprained ankles are improper footwear, a prior ankle complication, weakness or lack of flexibility in the ankle region, and as mentioned above, uneven surfaces and involvement in sporting activities.
It's important to be evaluated by a doctor including x-rays because what you may think is just an ankle sprain may actually be an ankle fracture or foot fracture.
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We practice a minimally invasive approach to your foot or ankle problem with surgery as the last option.
425 Haaland Dr. #201 Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
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Why Urgent Care for Feet
We can treat 90% of cases seen in an emergency room for a fraction of the cost.
All of our doctors have on average 15+ year of experience specializing in foot and ankle care.
We provide on site x-ray that is designed specifically for foot and ankle. This will avoid re-taking an x-ray done improperly at an ER or standard Urgent Care.
Frequently Asked Questions
An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments in the ankle, typically caused by a sudden twist or impact. It results in pain, swelling, and limited range of motion, with varying severity depending on the ligament damage.