Stretching and tearing of the ligaments around the ankle is a very common injury that can lead to chronic complications if not treated properly from the beginning. One of the main predisposing causes of a sprained ankle is inadequate rehabilitation of a previous ankle injury. This is why it is very important to have a severely sprained ankle properly evaluated and treated by a foot specialist.
Ankle injuries can range from mild to severe, and are usually the result of the foot rolling over in an unnatural twisting motion. Mild to moderate pain and swelling and the ability to bear some weight are usually indications of an injury that can be treated at home with the RICE method—Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
A more severe rupture of a ligament, with noticeable instability of the ankle joint and an inability to put any weight on the foot, indicates a major problem. One of the primary indications of a major ankle injury is that there will be a great deal of pain in the beginning, quickly followed by no pain at all. The treatment for a severe sprain may require the use of splints, a cast or a boot to immobilize the ankle and allow it to heal for at least two or three weeks.
Once the initial phase of healing is complete, you will need to slowly rehabilitate the ankle using a variety of range of motion exercises, balancing, and strengthening routines. Your foot doctor can help you plan a regimen and rule out any other potential sources of foot pain, such as a hairline fracture.
The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, have extensive experience treating ankle sprains, and are experts in providing the best care for any other problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.