An ankle sprain involves the stretching or tearing of the ligaments in the ankle joint. If you experience any of the possible symptoms of a sprained ankle, you should be examined by a podiatrist right away. The symptoms of an ankle sprain typically include pain in the area, especially when placing weight on the affected foot. You may notice that the ankle becomes swollen and bruised, and you will likely have limited range of motion in the joint.
In most cases, a podiatrist can treat an ankle sprain without surgery. He or she may prescribe medications to manage your pain and show you how to use crutches. You may need to wear a walking boot to stabilize the joint. Once the injury begins to heal, physical therapy can be beneficial.
If you think you’ve sustained a sprained ankle and you live near Whitestone, you can turn to Family Foot Center for help. Call (718) 767-5555 or visit our website to explore our other podiatric medicine services.