Ankle Sprain

Mercer Ocean Podiatry

Board Certified Podiatrists, Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Hamilton Township, Toms River, and Plainsboro, NJ

An ankle sprain is a common injury that damages the tissues that stabilize your ankle joint. At Mercer Ocean Podiatry in Hamilton Township, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, New Jersey, Frank Killian, DPM, FACFAS, Sameep Chandrani, DPM, AACFAS, and the team have extensive experience identifying and successfully treating ankle sprains. If left untreated, ankle sprains can lead to further complications like chronic ankle instability. To find out the best treatment for your injury, call or book an appointment online today.

Ankle Sprain Q&A

What causes ankle sprains?

The bones and joints in your ankle are held together by a type of connective tissue called ligaments. Ligaments are strong, rubber-like bands of tissue that provide stability and support to your ankle. 

An ankle sprain occurs when these tissues become overstretched or torn. An ankle sprain can happen as the result of a fall, awkward movement, or sudden blow. Many people experience ankle sprains during physical activities like running, football, tennis, and soccer. 

At Mercer Ocean Podiatry, the team of board-certified podiatrists and ankle surgeons provides safe and effective treatment for ankle sprains to patients of all ages. 

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

A sprained ankle is a painful injury that can result in a number of symptoms, including:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Difficulty walking

If left untreated, an ankle sprain can weaken your ankle and leave you at risk for more severe sprains. Repeated ankle sprains can lead to a number of complications, including chronic ankle instability, chronic ankle pain, and joint damage. 

If you experience symptoms of an ankle sprain, the foot and ankle specialists at Mercer Ocean Podiatry can determine the right treatment for you. 

How are ankle sprains diagnosed?

Before you begin treatment, the team diagnoses your condition and determines the severity of your sprain. In some cases, the symptoms of an ankle fracture can be mistaken for an ankle sprain, so an accurate diagnosis is key to your recovery. 

To make a diagnosis, your provider begins with a physical exam and discussion of your injury and symptoms. They may also perform an imaging test like an X-ray to identify any damage to your ankle. Once you’re diagnosed, you’ll work together to determine the best treatment. 

What treatments are available for ankle sprains?

Mercer Ocean Podiatry specializes in conservative approaches to treating ankle sprains. In most cases, they can successfully treat your ankle sprain with nonsurgical methods. 

Depending on your diagnosis, the team may recommend:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Ankle brace
  • Crutches
  • Physical therapy

In some cases, you may need surgery to effectively treat your ankle sprain. The board-certified surgeons at Mercer Ocean Podiatry have experience performing a number of ankle procedures, including minimally invasive ankle arthroscopy. 


To get expert treatment for your ankle sprain, book an appointment at Mercer Ocean Podiatry by phone or online today.

 

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