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.