A sprain results from an injury inflicted on one of the ligaments in the ankle. This usually happens if your ankle is twisted or turned out of its normal range of motion, resulting in overstretching or even tears within the ligaments of the ankle. As with any foot or ankle injury, it’s important that you visit our podiatrist, Dr. Dennis Fassman of Dennis Fassman, DPM, if you suspect that you might have a sprained ankle. We are located in Westbury, NY.
What are the warning signs of a sprained ankle?
You may have a sprained ankle if you are dealing with any of these symptoms,
- Sudden pain
- Pain or difficulty putting weight on the ankle
Since these symptoms aren’t only indicative of an ankle sprain it’s important to turn to our Westbury foot doctor for a diagnosis if you are experiencing any of the issues above. The sooner an ankle is evaluated and diagnosed the better. After all, a sprained ankle that doesn’t get the proper care could lead to long-term ankle pain and instability.
How is an ankle sprain treated?
The goals of treatment are to eliminate discomfort and other symptoms while promoting a fast recovery. While your ankle is healing it’s important to keep as much weight off the injury as possible until the ankle fully heals.
For patients dealing with minor sprains, at-home treatment may be recommended. Treatments include,
- Wrapping the ankle
- Wearing a supportive brace or boot
- Resting as much as possible
- Avoiding physical activities
- Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
- Take painkillers and anti-inflammatories
- Icing the ankle
It can take up to 10 days for a mild sprain to fully heal, while severe sprains may take several weeks. During your evaluation, our podiatrist will talk to you about this estimated recovery time.
Need relief? Give us a call!
If you are dealing with foot pain or other symptoms of an ankle sprain, give our Westbury, NY office a call at (516) 333-5566 to schedule an immediate appointment with us!