Do You Have an Ankle Sprain?

Ankle sprains are a common condition, and the doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group are here to answer the most frequently asked questions. They are also here to help with prevention.

What is an ankle sprain? 

If you’ve rolled, twisted, or turned your ankle, you may have experienced an ankle sprain. The injury can tear the ligaments in your ankle. The signs of a sprain can be a swollen, painful ankle. Your ankle can even hurt when it’s time to move around.

Will my sprain heal on its own?

Depending on the severity, a patient may need surgery. One of the first recommended treatments for this condition is a method known as R.I.C.E. Rest, apply ice and compression, and elevate your ankle. We also recommend that you schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists. Untreated injuries can lead to future injuries or even arthritis, so connect with a podiatrist as soon as possible.

It’s important to allow your ankle time to rest and heal.

How can I prevent a sprain?

Strong ankles are one of the best ways to reduce your risk for injury. Start with stretching. Then make sure that you have supportive footwear, especially while playing sports. Here’s one more tip: wear shoes with the right fit. The right size footwear provides the support you need.

At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, diabetic foot care complications, children’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.