Published on Nov 21, 2016, modified on Jun 13, 2018 by Dr. Solomon (Podiatrist in NYC), Manhattan Foot Specialists

Ankle Sprain

Ankle Sprain Specialist NYC

An ankle sprain results when you pull or tear one of the ligaments surrounding your ankle. The ligaments are short bands of flexible tough tissue which stabilize the ankle and connect the leg bones to the heel. They don’t easily break but often are stretched or partially torn.

Your New York City podiatrist sees many instances of bruised or stretched ankle ligaments. Sprains usually happen when the ankle is twisted or turned it sideways as you walk or run. These injuries need to get examined to make sure there are co-occurring problems 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

Almost everyone experiences a sprained ankle in their lifetime. Even a fluke event — like  stumbling on a high heel or stepping on a pebble when you’re not paying attention — can cause your foot to roll. Risks are also common if you:

  • 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 competitive sports such as basketball, tennis and football
  • Run on rough or ragged terrain

Symptoms

The pain is immediate when you twist or sprain your ankle and is usually localized on the outside of your ankle. Note the location and any movement of your pain so you can report these details to your podiatrist in NYC.  This will help your foot doctor to make a clear diagnosis and determine which tests you need to confirm the extent of your injuries

Other symptoms associated with a sprained ankle may include:

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

In addition to noting these details of your injury, prepare to tell your New York City podiatric doctor:

  • Details about how and when the injury happened
  • The position of your foot when you first felt the pain or fell
  • Any other foot or ankle problems you may have had in the past
  • About medications you may be taking
  • Medical history of your family, particularly with regard to bone and joint problems

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

Your NYC foot doctor sees many sprained ankles and will be able to diagnose your injury. They will probably manipulate your ankle to evaluate your pain and range of motion. He manually adjusts your ankle to determine when it hurts the most and what kind of range of motion you have left.

Your podiatric specialist may order additional tests such as:

  • X-ray: Your NYC foot doctor will probably take an x-ray to determine the extent of your injury.
  • CT scan:This is a multi-dimensional X-ray that can enables your doctor to examine your entire foot and ankle from a number of different angles and more closely evaluate injuries to the area.
  • Magnetic resonance imagingor MRI: An MRI can help your foot doctor or podiatrist to evaluated soft tissue damage from your injury.  For example, an MRI can show whether you have any damage to the cartilage and ligaments 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).

  • Rest:For the first 48 to 72 hours, you need to give your ankle time to heal by staying off of it and resting.
  • Ice:Ice should be applied for about 20 minutes every 3 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 is reduced if you elevate your ankle above heart level. One reason this is beneficial is that fluids are drawn away from the ankle and therefore inflammation is reduced.

Many sprains require additional treatment and therefore your injury should always be evaluated by a ankle specialist.

Follow-up

Once your condition has been diagnosed by our NYC foot doctor you may receive a boot to immobilize the area. In some cases, surgery is needed to repair a ligament or tendon that has been torn.

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 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. Sophia Solomon of Manhattan Foot Specialists?  Please contact our office for a consultation.

Manhattan Foot Specialists
Dr. Sophia Solomon, Podiatrist (NYC Foot Doctor)

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New York, NY 10010

(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
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