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Ankle Sprain Specialist

Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates

Podiatrists located in New York, NY & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Ankle sprains are one of the most common types of sports injuries, but anyone can suffer from an ankle sprain simply by misstepping or falling down. If you have an ankle sprain, the expert podiatry team at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates, located in Upper East Side Manhattan and Bay Ridge of Brooklyn, New York, can help. They diagnose your ankle sprain, rule out related injuries (like a fracture), and get you started on treatment right away. Don’t hesitate another day to schedule your sprained ankle exam. You can book online or over the phone.

Ankle Sprain Q & A

How do I know if I sprained my ankle?

Ankle sprains can lead to a wide variety of signs and symptoms, depending on the severity. It’s common to feel immediate pain and even a popping sensation as soon as the injury occurs. Then over the following few days, symptoms tend to progress and can include:

  • Inflammation
  • Ankle instability
  • Bruising or redness
  • Swelling and tenderness

You may also find that the pain from your sprained ankle is so severe, you can’t stand to bear weight on the ankle.

What causes an ankle sprain?

Ankle sprains occur when the fibrous ligaments that bind your ankle joint together overstretch or tear (or both). You can sprain your ankle by:

  • Slipping and falling
  • Running on an uneven surface
  • Twisting after someone steps on your foot
  • Participating in sports that require stops or cutting actions, like basketball or tennis

You could even be prone to suffering from sprained ankles if you have a prior ankle sprain that was never properly treated. Inadequate ankle sprain management can leave you with chronic instability and an ongoing risk of ankle sprains.

No matter the cause of your ankle sprain, or how minor your symptoms may seem, the dedicated podiatrists at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates can treat you and help you have a full recovery.

Do I need treatment for an ankle sprain?

Yes. Not only is ankle sprain treatment essential for minimizing pain and inflammation, but it’s also designed to re-strengthen your ankle and improve joint stability. Your ankle treatment plan from Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Balance training
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Compression wrapping
  • Corticosteroid injections  
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Daily strengthening and range-of-motion exercises

While rare, sometimes surgery is needed for a severe ankle sprain where you have a serious tear or risk of ongoing ankle instability. Sprained ankle surgeries from Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates are often performed arthroscopically. Your dedicated foot and ankle surgeon can repair or graft tissues, so you can heal and return to full function over time.

Schedule your ankle sprain evaluation at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates today. Click on the online scheduler or call either clinic to book.