Take your Sprained Ankle Seriously!

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Icy sidewalks and snowy steps can put you at a higher risk of twisting your ankle. An ankle sprain is when there is damage to one or more of your ankle’s ligaments – the bands of tissue connecting bones and joints to each other. In the ankle, your ligaments provide stability when you walk by limiting side-to-side movements of your ankle.

If you slip, the sudden twisting of your ankle can force its joint out of position and stretch your ligaments beyond their normal range. This results in an ankle sprain. In severe sprains, ligaments might be partially or even completely torn – ouch! Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, we often see sprains from sports, but also when a patient is running or walking on uneven surfaces, wearing shoes that don’t provide ankle support, or even just from everyday slips and falls. Past ankle sprains can weaken your ankles, making more sprains likely to follow.

How do I know I sprained it?

Here are the common sprained ankle signs:

  • Pain

  • Soreness

  • Swelling

  • Joint stiffness

  • Bruising

  • Difficult walking or putting weight on the affected ankle

Being able to put weight or walk on the ankle does not mean it’s not sprained, though. That’s why if you are experiencing any of those symptoms or any other discomfort – even just a sense of wobbliness in your ankles – after an ankle-twisting incident, you should have it evaluated by a foot doctor.

If you suspect a sprain, the podiatrist will ask you questions about how the injury happened and ask you to describe your symptoms in detail. X-rays or other imaging studies will likely be ordered to get a more accurate picture of the extent of your injury, and to rule out any possible fractures or other causes of your ankle discomfort.

Treating a sprain

The most common treatment regimen for an ankle sprain starts with a course of RICE. You can practice these at home even before you come in for an appointment:

R – rest

I – ice

C – compression

E – elevation

The podiatrist will then determine if you need physical therapy, which can help strengthen your ankle and get you back on your feet. The sooner treatment starts, the better you’ll heal in the long run.

Had a recent ankle twist? Consult our foot and ankle expert here at Bay Podiatry Associates! Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas has years of experience diagnosing and treating all types of foot and ankle issues. Call us today to schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn, NY office: (718) 266-1986.