Ankle Sprain

Midtown Foot Care

Podiatrists located in Midtown, New York, NY

Are you one of the nearly 75% of Americans suffering from foot pain or problems? The podiatrists at Midtown Foot Care treat a wide variety of foot concerns, including ankle sprains. Midtown Foot Care is conveniently located in New York City so you can easily access the care that you need. If you have questions or need treatment for a sprained ankle, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Ankle Sprain Q & A

Midtown Foot Care

What is an ankle sprain?

If you fall or suddenly twist your ankle, you may have a sprain. Ankle sprains occur when the ligament connecting the bones in your ankle is stretched or torn.

Ankle sprains vary in severity depending on how badly stretched or torn the ligament is. The expert podiatrists at Midtown Foot Care determine the extent of your injury and the best treatment for your sprain.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

An ankle sprain can make you feel shaky or unsteady. You may also experience intense pain. Other symptoms of a sprained ankle include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Stiffness in the ankle joint
  • Difficulty walking

 

If you have had an ankle sprain before, some of the symptoms may not be as intense. If you suspect a sprain, contact the doctors at Midtown Foot Care for immediate treatment.

How is an ankle sprain treated?

The first step in treating an ankle sprain can be done by you. Until you can see Midtown Foot Care for specialized treatment, doctors recommend using the R.I.C.E. method:

  • Rest: avoid using your ankle or walking
  • Ice: apply a cold compress to your ankle
  • Compression: wrap your ankle with light pressure
  • Elevation: keep your ankle raised comfortably above your heart while laying down

 

During your appointment at Midtown Foot Care, the doctors will recommend the next step for treating your ankle. They may suggest continued use of ice and compression for swelling reduction. They may even recommend surgery if the sprain is severe enough.

Imaging such as X-ray, MRI, or CT scan of your ankle may be ordered by your doctor to better understand your injury.

How long does an ankle sprain take to heal?

A sprained ankle can take as little as six weeks to heal but can take longer depending on the severity of the sprain. Your ligament needs to heal, and then your ankle needs to regain strength and balance. If your sprain requires surgery, the recovery time is longer. Your doctor at Midtown Foot Care will give you specific time estimates for your injury and recovery time.

Time is of the essence for treating a sprained ankle. A consultation with the doctors at Midtown Foot Care can explain your treatment options and your recovery. Book an appointment online or call Midtown Foot Care today.