When you catch that fly ball, but twist your ankle when you land, you’ve just become one of the 25,000 men, women, and children who sprain their ankles each day. You can get help from Dr. Neil Zwiebel, at Park East Podiatry in New York, New York. If you live, work, or play in the New York City area and think you’ve sprained your ankle, call the helpful Park East Podiatry team or book a consultation online.
A sprain refers to damage to your ligaments. Ligaments are the thick, elastic-like bands that connect your bones to one another and give them stability.
You can sprain your ankle if you twist, turn, or roll your ankle and stretch one or more of your ankle ligaments beyond their normal range of motion. Doctors classify sprained ankles into three different types, based on the kind of movement that caused them.
Ranging from most common to least common, the three types of ankle sprain are:
The symptoms of a sprained ankle vary according to how much ligament damage has occurred:
You are at increased risk for a sprained ankle if you:
Treatment for sprained ankles varies by degree, too. First-line treatment for any sprain is the RICE protocol (rest, icing, compression, elevation).
You may also need:
Third-degree sprains that aren’t treated or don’t respond to treatment can cause permanent ankle instability. Professional athletes or men and women who repeatedly sprain their ankles may require surgery to repair or tighten their ligaments.
No matter what your degree of sprained ankle, you need physical therapy to minimize the risk of injuring your ankle again. Dr. Zwiebel provides on-site physical therapy at the Park East Podiatry office. Dr. Zwiebel also teaches you exercises you can use at home to stretch and strengthen your ligaments to aid healing and avoid future injury.
Don’t ignore the pain of a sprained ankle. When you injure your ankle, contact Dr. Zwiebel. You can call the friendly Park East Podiatry staff or book a consultation online.