Ankle Sprain Specialist

Robert J. Landy, D.P.M.

Podiatrist located in West Islip, NY & Hicksville, NY

Without proper treatment, a seemingly minor ankle sprain can lead to a lifetime of ankle instability and increase your chances of injuring your ankle again. But at the offices of Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. in West Islip and Hicksville, New York, you can get comprehensive ankle sprain treatment to give your ankle a full recovery. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Ankle Sprains Q & A

What causes an ankle sprain?

You have strong, durable ligaments throughout your ankle joint that keep your ankle stable and support your entire body weight. If any of these ligaments become overstretched, torn, or ruptured, you get an ankle sprain. You can sprain your ankle by:

  • Twisting or rolling your ankle
  • Training on an uneven surface
  • Slipping and falling
  • Landing incorrectly when jumping or running

Because the signs and symptoms of an ankle sprain often mimic a broken bone, it’s important to have a thorough evaluation as soon as your injury occurs.

How do I know if my ankle is sprained?

The only way to know for certain if your ankle is sprained is to come to the offices of Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. for an exam. Symptoms can include:

  • Ankle instability
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Bruising and redness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the ankle

Since it’s common for sprained ankle symptoms to worsen for the first few days before symptoms start to subside, the sooner you come into the offices of Robert J. Landy, D.P.M., the easier it is to stay one step ahead of the pain and inflammation.

What is the treatment for an ankle sprain?

As with most types of soft tissue injuries, the best thing you can do for a sprained ankle is to stay off of it and let it rest. Depending on the severity of your sprain, your treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy sessions
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Bracing, splinting, or casting
  • Assistive devices, such as crutches

It can take 6-12 weeks for you to fully recover from a severe ankle sprain. If you have a ligament tear, or if you’re not responding to conservative therapies, you may need ankle surgery. Sprained ankle surgery can involve grafting tissues, removing loose bone fragments or cartilage, or reconstructing your ligament.

If you have an ankle injury, book an appointment online or over the phone with the offices of Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. today.