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Long Term Ankle Sprain Treatment

Ankle sprains are a common foot injury, affecting approximately 25,000 people daily. They demand swift and accurate treatment to avoid prolonged recovery times. The emphasis is to heal the injured ankle as well as reduce the risk of chronic sprains. Ankle sprains occur when ligaments on the outer side of the joint are stretched or torn due to the inward or outward rolling of the foot. These are known as inversion or eversion sprains. Adequate rest and rehabilitation during the early recovery phase is essential and can range from days to months, based on severity. Complete healing lays the foundation for preventing long term issues. Engaging in targeted exercises to strengthen legs, feet, and ankles is essential for restoring balance and normal function to the tendons, joints, and muscles of the ankle. Further, wearing ankle braces or bandages during activities that stress ligaments can help to protect and stabilize the ankle. Choosing well-fitted, activity-specific footwear is equally important, with considerations for high-top or hiking boots during the recovery phase for enhanced ankle stability. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be recommended to repair torn or stretched ligaments. For help with managing ankle sprains, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Princeton Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Princeton and West Windsor, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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