As many as 80% of untreated sprained ankles lead to long-term symptoms, such as chronic pain and ankle instability. Podiatrists Les J. Glubo, DPM, FACFAS, and Dawn Olsen Figlo, DPM, treat ankle sprains in patients of all ages at Grand Central Foot Care in the Midtown East and Murray Hill area of New York City. To ensure your sprained ankle heals properly, call or book an appointment online.
An ankle sprain is a common sports injury that happens when the ligaments that support your ankle are pushed beyond their normal range of motion. When these ligaments stretch or tear, you have a sprained ankle.
Ankle sprains can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent of damage to the ligaments. Minor ankle sprains may resolve with home care methods such as rest, ice, compression, and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Even if you suspect your sprain is minor, you should schedule an appointment at Grand Central Foot Care. Untreated ankle sprains may lead to more serious problems, such as repetitive injuries and arthritic changes.
Sprained ankles affect men, women, and children of all ages. You can unexpectedly twist your ankle during many activities, such as:
Athletes who participate in activities such as trail running, basketball, and soccer may be more likely to sprain an ankle.
Ankle pain is the most prominent symptom of a sprain. Other common ankle sprain symptoms include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should visit Grand Central Foot Care for prompt treatment.
First, your podiatrist thoroughly evaluates your ankle and reviews your medical history. They may take an in-office diagnostic ultrasound or X-ray imaging test to confirm you have a sprained ankle. Then, they recommend the best treatment plan for your specific needs.
The team at Grand Central Foot Care offers the latest technology right in their office. Depending on the severity of your sprained ankle, treatment may include:
They may also recommend physical therapy to facilitate your recovery and help prevent future ankle injuries. The team at Grand Central Foot Care can refer you to an excellent physical therapist in the area.
Don’t delay treatment for a sprained ankle. Call Grand Central Foot Care or book an appointment online.