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Ankle Sprain

Ankle Sprain Specialist NYCWhen you have an ankle sprain, typically you’ve pulled or torn one of the ligaments in your ankle that connects your ankle bones to your leg muscles. Ligaments are short bands of flexible, tough tissue. They don’t easily break.

But your New York City podiatrist sees many instances of bruised or stretched ankle ligaments. Sprains usually happen when you’ve twisted your ankle or turned it sideways as you were walking or running. It’s a very common injury, but one that you really need to get checked out to make sure there are no other co-occurring problems that could lead to serious consequences, such as a broken or chipped ankle bone or damaged tendons.

All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Common Risks

Athletes suffer from sprained ankles on a regular basis, although anyone can get a sprained ankle under the right circumstances. Even a fluke thing — like stepping on a something when you’re not paying attention — can cause your foot to roll. The injury usually happens when your foot turns awkwardly under your legs or your foot. It usually leads to a fall as well.

Athletes most often at risk include basketball players and others who jump as part of their sport. You can get a sprained ankle if someone jumps on top of your foot. Risks are also common if you:

  • Are prone to sprains
  • Have hindfoot varus, which refers to a posture in which your heel turns inward slightly
  • Have weak muscles
  • Sprained your ankle severely in the past, leaving the ligaments in a permanent weakened state
  • Play tennis, soccer or football
  • Run on rough or ragged terrain

Symptoms Are Painful

Usually, you feel it immediately when you twist your ankle and cause a sprain. The pain often is localized on the outside of your ankle. Keep track of the level and movement of the pain as you prepare to see your podiatrist in NYC. Your foot doctor can provide a clear diagnosis and determine which test you need to confirm the extent of your injury.

Other symptoms associated with a sprained ankle may include:

  • Internal bleeding that appears a bruise
  • Swelling
  • Increased pain when you stand on that foot
  • Inability to put weight on it at all
  • Limited or reduced range of motion

Many of the symptoms of a sprained ankle are similar to those of a broken ankle, so it’s vital that you see a podiatrist NYC to get an accurate diagnosis. All you may need are self-care treatments that you can do at home, but only start those after your NYC foot specialist has ruled out other injuries.

In addition to keeping track of your pain levels, prepare to tell your New York City podiatric doctor:

  • About other medications you may be taking
  • Other conditions you have, especially about other problems you’ve had with that ankle
  • Medical history of your family, particularly with regard to bone and joint problems
  • Details about how and when the injury happened
  • Which direction your foot turned when you first felt the pain or when you fell

All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Diagnostic Tools

Because your foot doctors in NYC sees so many sprained ankles, they very often can tell what’s wrong just by looking at it. He manually adjusts your ankle to determine when it hurts the most and what kind of range of motion you have left.

If the pain is severe and you have certain responses to his manipulations, then your podiatric specialist may order additional tests such as:

  • X-ray: A regular X-ray is a common diagnostic tool that your NYC foot doctor relies on to determine the extent of your injury. If you report extreme pain to your doctor, then you most likely can expect to get an X-ray of your ankle.
  • CT scan: This is a cross-sectional X-ray device that can help your doctor tell if you have any additional damage to your ankle bones. It gives a closer look at your tendons and an overall better perspective on your entire foot from a number of different angles.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI: This is not always a common test when you suspect an ankle sprain, but can help if your foot doctor or podiatrist believes you may have some tissue damage. For example, an MRI can show whether you have any damage to the cartilage in your foot and ankle.

First Line of Treatment

The way your ankle sprain is treated depends on the severity of the injury. For mild to moderate sprains, the gold standard of home care that your New York City foot doctor recommends is R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Following this practice, you should be able to return to your normal activities in a couple days. More severe strains can take as long as a couple weeks to heal.

  • Rest: For the first 48 to 72 hours, you need to give your ankle time to heal by staying off of it and resting. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to remain lying down, but you shouldn’t get involved in any activity that causes swelling or pain.
  • Ice: The swelling decreases considerably if you put ice on it for about 20 minutes, every three hours or so. Use an icepack or wrap crushed ice in a towel. Let your doctor know if you have diabetes or vascular disease before you use ice because it could cause complications.
  • Compression: An ACE bandage, wrapped snugly around your ankle, aids in its healing. Start wrapping from the end of your foot up to your ankle and don’t wrap so tight that it cuts off circulation.
  • Elevation: Swelling reduces quicker if you rest your ankle above your heart by placing it on a pile of pillows when you lie down. Fluids also follow the pull of gravity to reduce inflammation.

How Your Foot Doctor in NYC Helps

Once you’ve received a correct diagnosis, if your pain won’t allow you to walk out of the doctor’s office, you may be given a boot to take some of the pressure off. Usually, over-the-counter pain relief is sufficient, but if you need it, your doctor can prescribe a stronger pain reliever. Once the swelling is reduced, you can talk to a physical therapist about restoring flexibility.

In very rare cases, surgery to repair a ligament or tendon that you’ve torn completely through is needed. It’s usually only elite athletes who end up requiring surgical intervention to repair torn ligaments in the ankles.

All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not a definitive medical advice. Please consult foot doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified podiatrist or foot specialist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Do you have any questions about Ankle Sprain and it’s treatment in NYC? Would like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top NYC Podiatrist and foot doctor, Dr. Jennifer McCoy of Manhattan Foot Specialists, please contact our office for consultation.

Manhattan Foot Specialists
Dr. Jennifer McCoy, Podiatrist (NYC Foot Doctor)

51 East 25th Street, Ste 409
New York, NY 10010

(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
(212) 389-9918

The information on this website is to provide general guidance. In no way does any of the information provided reflect definitive medical advice and self diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a best in class podiatrist regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs as it may a sign of a serious illness or condition. A thorough consultation and examination should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call a physician or call our office today and schedule a consultation.