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Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains can be one of the worst ways to interrupt your busy NYC lifestyle. If not treated correctly, an ankle injury can be a recurring problem that consistently takes away from your productivity.  We tailor your treatment to be minimally invasive, making sure you are back to your daily activities as soon as possible.


Description

There are ligaments in your ankle which connect the bones to each other. Ligaments are like rubber bands, and when they get stretched too far, they lose their ability to function properly. Stretching of a ligament is what happens during an ankle sprain. When these ligaments are injured it can be painful and limit your ability to walk. Proper treatment right after an ankle sprain is key to avoid long term complications.

Symptoms

Pain, swelling, redness, warmth, weakness, or an inability to walk or perform your normal day-to-day activities. Often brought on by a fall or twisting of your ankle in an unusual way. Pain is often instant, as is swelling and an inability to walk normally.

Treatment Options

Treatment of an ankle sprain will depend on the severity. First line treatments include rest, ice, NSAIDs, brace or cast, orthotics, physical therapy, and/or surgery.

If you suspect you have an ankle sprain or injury, it is important to limit physical activity and reduce swelling. You can reduce swelling by icing, elevating, and taking ibuprofen. Make an appointment with your podiatrist so x-rays can be done and the extent of the injury can be properly evaluated. A compression device such as a brace, cast, or boot is likely needed to support your foot and keep it still while your ankle is healing. As symptoms improve, physical therapy can be initiated to aid in strengthening the weakened ligaments and improving your balance. In the event symptoms do not improve, surgical repair of the ligaments may be needed.

Expected Outcome

With immediate and proper treatment, a patient can usually avoid long term issues. If an ankle sprain is not allowed to heal properly, it can lead to chronic instability, which can increase the likelihood of rolling your ankle and can cause more damage over time.

Get Back To Your Active Lifestyle Quickly 

If you're suffering from an ankle sprain, or any other foot/ankle condition, our New York foot doctors can help! Serving the Downtown and Midtown Manhattan areas of NYC, we help you get back to healthy and happy living. Call us at 917-398-3668 or book an appointment online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: A fracture is a break in the bone or bones of the ankle while a sprain is an injury to the ligaments. These are differentiated through a series of tests. Your podiatrist will take x-rays to look for broken bones. If not broken bones are found they may order an MRI or CT scan to evaluate the other structures in your ankle to identify where your injuries are.

Answer: Yes, seeing a doctor to identify exactly which ligaments are injured and getting the proper bracing system put in place will be key to recovering from an ankle sprain. Ankle sprains must be treated as soon as possible after the injury for best results. Inappropriate or inadequate care of an ankle fracture can result in long term ankle pain, swelling, and repeated ankle sprains for life.

Answer: Chronic ankle sprains indicate that you may have some weakness or loose ligaments in your ankle. This is a common and painful problem that often arises from an ankle sprain that did not heal properly. You should see your podiatrist for testing to identify which structures are weakened. Often a brace and physical therapy can significantly aid in preventing these injuries. If the issue continues surgical tightening of the ligaments may be necessary to restore proper function.

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