Tripping or stepping the wrong way can easily lead to a sprained ankle. While this type of injury is common, a sprained ankle requires proper treatment, and the experienced physicians at Ankle & Foot Specialist of N.J. offer comprehensive care to address your sprain quickly. At their offices in Woodbridge, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Middlesex, and Hillsborough, New Jersey, you can expect the highest quality of care to prevent complications that can arise from a sprained ankle. Book a consultation with Pragnesh Patel, DPM, or Jyotsna Thapar, DPM, now using the online feature or by calling the Ankle & Foot Specialist of N.J. office nearest you today.
A sprained ankle is a common type of injury that occurs when you twist, roll, or stretch your ankle in an unnatural way. This results in the stretching or tearing of the ligaments that support your ankle bones and keep them in place.
A sprained ankle can cause a variety of symptoms depending on the severity of the sprain. You may initially hear a popping sound at the time of your injury. Pain can range from just a mild twinge to severe enough to interfere with walking.
Other common symptoms of a sprained ankle include:
After a sprain injury, it may become increasingly difficult to put weight on your ankle, and you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Ankle & Foot Specialist of N.J. as soon as possible to confirm a sprain and rule out fractures or other complications.
The skilled medical team at Ankle & Foot Specialist of N.J. offers on-site diagnostic testing, including X-rays and MRIs, to get a better look at the inner structure of your ankle. Additionally, your doctor examines your ankle joint, identifying areas of tenderness or restrictions in your range of motion.
Once they confirm a sprained ankle, your doctor creates a treatment plan to ensure your ankle heals fully. Not allowing your ankle to heal completely can increase your risk for recurring ankle injuries in the future.
Ankle sprains and strains require a lot of self-care at home in addition to your initial office visit and follow-up appointments. The Ankle & Foot Specialist of N.J medical team provides comprehensive guidance for home care to ensure your ankle heals fully from the sprain.
Initially, you should follow the RICE protocol that involves periods of rest, ice, compression, and elevation of your ankle. You may need to use crutches when walking to keep pressure off the affected ankle. Your doctor may also recommend a brace to keep your ankle still and stable.
Surgery may be an option to correct severe damage to the ankle ligaments if conservative treatments aren’t enough to ease pain or increase mobility.
You can expect to schedule follow-up appointments that allow your doctor to monitor your healing process and evaluate your range of motion and pain levels.
Schedule a diagnostic evaluation of a sprained ankle by calling the Ankle & Foot Specialist of N.J. office nearest you or by requesting a consultation online now.