Sprained ankles are one of the most common sports injuries, but they can affect people during everyday activities. At Local Foot Doc in Brooklyn and Queens, New York City, Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and his team of doctors are experienced in helping men and women with sprained ankles recover quickly and get back to their daily routines again, whatever that includes. For your convenience, there are Brooklyn locations and offices in the Queens neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Astoria, and Woodhaven. To book an appointment, call or schedule an appointment online today.
A sprained ankle means you’ve torn or overstretched the ligaments in your ankle. Your ligaments connect and stabilize the bones in your ankle. Sprained ankles usually happen when you twist or roll your ankle beyond where it’s supposed to move. That’s why they’re such a common sports injury, especially in sports like soccer, basketball, and football that require lots of jumping and quick twisting and turning movements.
Though you may associate sprained ankles with athletic activity, they can also result from everyday activities and accidents, such as walking on an uneven surface or awkwardly getting out of bed.
Sprained ankles are painful, first and foremost, and you can usually figure out on your own what event caused them. There’ll be some moment when, for example, you landed strangely or twisted your ankle and started to experience pain soon after. The symptoms range in severity since a sprained ankle can mean you stretched your ligaments too far or actually tore them.
At their mildest, ankle sprains cause only a brief burst of pain, though that doesn’t mean they instantly heal. Quite to the contrary, ankle sprains often cause pain that’s bad enough and lasts long enough to interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms of an ankle sprain include:
You can treat many sprained ankles at home with a few days of resting and icing the area, but if your symptoms aren’t improving, you’re having trouble walking, or the pain is interfering with your everyday life, you should schedule an appointment at Local Foot Doc. Your doctor can also help you prevent sprained ankles if you find you’re getting them regularly.
Dr. Majdanski and the doctors at Local Foot Doc want you to recover quickly from your sprained ankle and avoid spraining your ankle in the future while staying active. They’ll help you to follow the RICE protocol, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, to help relieve the stress from your ankle. This may include applying a compression wrap, which you may find difficult to do at home. They may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine for the pain.
If your sprain is more severe, they may fit you for a brace or walking boot so you can stay mobile while your ankle safely heals.
Your doctor can help you prevent future injuries and speed up the recovery process through stretching exercises. They’ll also determine how your exercise habits may be contributing to your injury and can recommend changes to your form, equipment, or types of exercise and training.
If your ankle’s causing you pain, get it checked out by an expert at Local Foot Doc as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking tool today.