Treat Ankle Sprains Promptly & Completely
Wrong-footing yourself while playing sports or absentmindedly rolling your foot while stepping over a sidewalk are two of the many ways that you can twist your foot causing a severe ankle sprain. The ankle joint is made up of many tissues, ligaments, and tendons that hold it all together. When these components become stretched or possibly even torn, debilitating pain, swelling, and immobility often occur.
Always seek prompt attention with your podiatrist for ankle sprains since an improperly treated ankle injury is susceptible to being reinjured.
Treating ankle sprains promptly and completely with your foot doctor’s assistance will help to:
Prevent future complications—It’s very important that ankle sprains heal properly to avoid chronic ankle instability and weakness. Even seemingly minor sprains can be difficult to completely treat and a comprehensive physical therapy program is essential to slowly strengthening your ankle without causing further injury.
Check for other injuries—Since an ankle sprain can mimic or mask other injuries you should always have a check up with your podiatrist to rule out a fracture, torn ligament or other problem.
Initial treatment for ankle sprains includes the following:
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE method) should be the first thing done to avoid causing additional injury. Ibuprofen or Tylenol will help to reduce inflammation and pain. You may need to wear a rigid boot to immobilize the ankle while it heals. With severe ankle injuries, surgery with hardware may be necessary to reassemble the ankle joint.
If you have recently suffered a sprained ankle, see your podiatrist for the most complete care. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.