Ligaments that are injured on the outside of the ankle are generally the cause of an ankle sprain. This type of injury can cause limited range of motion, and it can become difficult to accomplish daily activities. There are several levels of ankle sprains. Mild sprains can produce slight swelling surrounding the ankle bone, and it is likely there is little joint instability. If moderate pain is felt, it may be accompanied by stiffness and bruising, in addition to weakened joints. Severe pain is felt in what is referred to as a grade three sprain, and it can indicate a total ligament rupture. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine the severity of the injury, and begin the correct treatment for you.Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Sergey Losyev from Global Podiatry of NY & NJ. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.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 bruisingLimited mobilitySwellingDiscoloration of the skin (depending on severity)Preventing a SprainWearing appropriate shoes for the occasionStretching before exercises and sportsKnowing your limitsTreatment of a SprainTreatment 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 feel free to contact one of our offices located in Morganville, NJ, Bay Street in Brooklyn, and Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.