Did I Sprain My Ankle?
June 12, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

An ankle sprain can limit your mobility by causing pain, discomfort, and instability. Simple movements like walking, or even just standing, ankle spraincan be painful when you have a sprained ankle. Mild sprains can usually be treated at home with rest and ice. However, more serious ankle sprains require treatment by a podiatrist to prevent long-term problems, such as chronic pain and instability. The doctors at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute are your Montvale and Hackensack, NJ podiatrists for the treatment of sprained ankles.

Ankle Sprains

Ankles become sprained when they twist the wrong way, such as rolling outward as the foot turns inward. Ligaments in the ankle can be torn or stretched too far when the ankle rotates in the opposite direction as the foot. Movements and activities that increase the risk of developing a sprained ankle include:

  • Playing sports
  • Working out
  • Running/jogging on uneven surfaces
  • Jumping and other high-impact movements
  • Wearing high heels or other unstable footwear

Ankle sprains can be best prevented by strengthening the ankles and increasing flexibility. Your Montvale and Hackensack podiatrist can show you exercises for strengthening the ankles, as well as stretches for improving flexibility. Wearing stable footwear can also help prevent ankle sprains. Signs of a sprained ankle include pain and discomfort. The ankle might also feel weak, as if it will give out. Signs you’ve sprained your ankle include:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Instability
  • Weakness
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Treatment Options

There are several treatment options for healing and strengthening a sprained ankle. Some treatment methods can even be performed at home regularly to keep the ankle strong and flexible. Your Montvale and Hackensack podiatrist can prescribe the most effective treatments for your particular ankle injury. Sprained ankles can be treated in the following ways:

  • Elevation and rest
  • Ice or a cold compress
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain relievers
  • Stretching
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Compression bandages, braces, or splints
  • Surgery (in serious cases)

If you have developed any of the signs associated with a sprained ankle, see a podiatrist to find out what treatment options are best for your injury. Treatment is important to ensure the ankle heals properly and there is no long-term damage. To schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Hackensack or Montvale, NJ call Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute at (201) 488-3668.