Sprained Ankle

Advanced Foot and Ankle Center

Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons & Podiatry located in Midwood & Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

Whether you engage in sports or enjoy taking a walk at night, you can end up with a sprained ankle. When that happens, prompt treatment is important to be sure the ligament heals and you don’t develop chronic instability. The doctors at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center have extensive experience treating sprained ankles, relieving your pain and helping you regain normal strength. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Brooklyn, New York, or book an appointment online.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What causes a sprained ankle?

Ankle sprains occur when the ankle is forced out of its normal position, which stretches or tears the ligaments that support the joint.  Sprained ankles commonly occur when an inward twist damages the ligaments on the outside of your ankle.

Less often, you may develop an ankle sprain gradually as small tears resulting from repetitive movement worsen.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Any of the following symptoms could signal a sprained ankle:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Ankle instability

Why do you need prompt treatment for a sprained ankle?

Pain relief is a good reason to seek medical attention, but there are other concerns to consider. It’s important to get prompt and proper treatment to be sure you don’t have other problems such as:

Fracture

Sprains and fractures share the same symptoms, making it easy to assume you have a sprain when you need treatment for a fracture.

Foot injury

Foot injuries are often caused by the same injuries that lead to ankle sprains.

Rehabilitation

Depending on the severity of your sprain, you may need a supervised exercise program to be sure the ligament heals and you regain optimal strength.

What is chronic instability?

Chronic ankle instability occurs when you have recurring episodes of twisting your ankle. It develops when an injured ligament doesn’t have time to heal completely, which means it doesn’t regain its normal strength.

When you return to normal activities before the ligament heals, the stress makes the ligament gradually weaken. As a result, your ankle can easily twist or give way even when you’re not engaged in an activity that would normally cause a twisted ankle.

How are sprained ankles treated?

Your doctor’s first treatment goal is to relieve your pain, reduce inflammation, and stabilize your ankle. For a mild sprain, you may only need to follow RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

You may need a brace or walking boot to temporarily immobilize your ankle. Serious ankle sprains, a torn ligament, or chronic instability often need surgery to repair tissues and stabilize the ankle.

Rehabilitation starts as soon as your acute pain and swelling are relieved. The doctors may recommend exercises you can do at home and/or physical therapy.

When you have ankle pain, swelling, and bruising, don’t wait to call Advanced Foot & Ankle Center or use online booking to schedule an appointment.