Sprained ankles are typically viewed as a common injury with no long-lasting complications, yet one-third of all people who sprain their ankle go on to develop chronic ankle instability and 25% sustain such a severe sprain that they miss at least a week of school or work. The skilled podiatrists at FOOTDRx offer comprehensive sprained ankle care that promotes healing, restores strength, and prevents ongoing instability. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking tool or call one of the New York City locations in Union Square, Midtown East in Manhattan, or Bushwick, Brooklyn; or the New Jersey location in Englewood.
When one or more of the ligaments in your ankle are stretched or torn, you have an ankle sprain. Ankle sprains frequently occur when you twist your ankle, fall, or land on your foot awkwardly and roll the ankle.
While anyone can develop a sprained ankle, even while taking a leisurely stroll, if you happen to hit uneven ground, they’re a common sports injury. Activities such as tennis, football, soccer, basketball, and running are most likely to cause a sprained ankle because they require quick, cutting actions.
The symptoms of a sprained ankle include:
If you have severe pain and swelling, or your symptoms last a few days without improving, it’s time to get an examination at FOOTDRx. Your doctor can determine the extent of your injury and start treatment to prevent ankle instability, which is a common complication of a sprained ankle.
The ligaments in your ankle stabilize the joint by connecting the bones. If you continue to use a sprained ankle without allowing time to fully heal, the ligament progressively weakens. As a result, you’re susceptible to recurring sprains, which is when you have chronic ankle instability.
As soon as you sprain your ankle, you should start the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It’s important to stop using your ankle in case the damage is severe. Ice, compression with an elastic bandage, and elevating your foot all help to reduce inflammation.
Your provider at FOOTDRx evaluates your ankle and grades your sprain based on the extent of the damage. Then they develop a customized treatment plan to reduce the inflammation, relieve your pain, and stabilize your ankle.
Your treatment may include taping, a compression bandage, or immobilization with a brace or walking boot to give the ligament time to heal. While surgery is always the last option, it’s sometimes necessary for patients who have a severely torn ligament. Ligaments tend to heal slowly and incompletely without surgical intervention to repair the tissues.
When your swelling improves and it’s safe to start rehabilitation, your provider at FOOTDRx gives you a regimen of structured exercises to improve the ankle’s flexibility, strength, and movement.
To receive exceptional care for a sprained ankle, call FOOTDRx or schedule an appointment online.