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By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
October 19, 2020

Ankle sprains are a common complaint treated by a podiatrist. It occurs when you roll or twist your ankle inward or outward. When you sprain your ankle, you tend to overstretch or tear the ligaments and tendons holding your ankle joint together. It can happen as a result of coming down awkwardly from a jump as you land or accidentally hitting a curb. It can cause severe pain, swelling, and disrupt your everyday activities. If not appropriately treated, even a minor ankle sprain is likely to become injured again and lead to chronic ankle instability. In the most severe case, tendons and bones can break and could require surgery. See your podiatrist for the best diagnosis and treatment to avoid potential complications.

Treatment for ankle sprains

  • RICE (Rice, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) — The RICE method is commonly used to treat a sprained ankle or any injury to the wrist and joints. It involves resting your ankle, applying an ice pack and a compression wrap around the injured area, and keeping the ankle elevated (above the level of your heart) using a pillow. It provides immediate relief and starts the healing process.

  • Immobilization — You may use a rigid boot to help immobilize the ankle. It redirects pressure off the ankle joint and allows your ankle to heal properly and quickly.

  • Physical therapy — Physical therapy exercises are essential for strengthening your feet and ankle joints. It helps you become more stable and prevent reinjury.

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York, our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas, can help to treat your ankle sprains with care and precision so you can be worry-free about any reoccurrences.

Your ankles are complicated structures of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. A sprain occurs when one or more of these ligaments become overstretched or torn due to some abnormal foot position.

Here are some reasons for ankle sprains:

  • Sudden or unexpected movement exerts unwarranted pressure on the ankles, especially while running and other competitive sports like tennis.
  • Twists or rolling of your feet can damage the tendons and result in a sprain.
  • If you have sprained your ankles once and did not let it heal properly, chances are that the frequency of your sprains might increase.
  • Repeated sprains can even end in bone fractures.

How can you treat ankle sprains? Here are a few tips:

  • A minor sprain can be addressed with rest, ice application, compression and elevation (RICE treatment).
  • At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we urge our patients to consult their podiatrists right away to avoid any long-term damage to your ankles and feet. Our podiatrists will perform any necessary tests and x-rays so that the right course of treatment can be administered.
  • Foot specialists may recommend flexing exercises and stretches that enable the muscles to regain their strength.
  • Orthotic devices may be used to correct your gait and give adequate support to your ankles and feet for stability and balance.

Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto provides a wide array of podiatric services to help you maintain healthy and pain-free feet. Our experts are experienced in treating foot and ankle problems such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, stress fractures, flat feet, bone and joint protrusions, fungal toenail and skin infections and more. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for your ease and convenience. Feel free to contact us for information and appointments.