Ankle injuries often occur unexpectedly in everyday situations, whether it’s from tripping over a curb or coming down awkwardly in a tennis match. When the ligaments and tendons that connect the joints and bones in the ankle become overstretched or ripped, you can expect the onset of extreme pain, swelling and difficulty in walking.
If you have experienced an ankle sprain before and did not seek prompt treatment, make sure you don’t make the same error twice. Be sure to seek prompt medical attention this time. This is always the best way to avoid future ankle injuries.
Reasons you should seek prompt treatment for ankle sprains
- To avoid future complications—A poorly treated ankle sprain may lead to chronic ankle instability (feeling like the ankle wobbles too easily) and leg weakness which may combine to make it more likely that you will injure the same ankle in the future.
- Other injuries—Pain and discomfort from an ankle sprain could be an indication of another injury, such as a fracture or torn ligament that may have occurred in conjunction.
- Quick rehab—Getting fast treatment and proper rehabilitation of a sprained ankle is the best way to avoid future injuries. If you just treat the problem part of the way, and don’t slowly strengthen and limber the ankle joint, the problem is likely to become worse the next time you injure your ankle.
Treatment for ankle sprains
Initial treatment for an ankle sprain will consist of rest, ice, compression, and elevation, which is known as the RICE method. Medications such as ibuprofen or Aleve will relieve inflammation and pain. After the initial comprehensive exam, additional treatment may include the wearing of a rigid boot to immobilize the ankle as it heals. This needs to be followed without fail by a robust physical therapy and strengthening program.
For sprains or any other problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, it is important to see a foot specialist to receive the correct care. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal treats a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Podiatry Center of New Jersey provides individualized high quality care for patients all across Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.