An ankle sprain can be mild, moderate, or even excruciatingly painful when you put pressure on it, but it should not be something you just try to tough out. Here at Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C. We make it our goal to have your ankle sprain Yonkers healed in a timely fashion, because it can be difficult or even impossible to walk on until it is.
Treating ankle sprains is one of the most common things we do here. It’s an injury that is very typical and occurs frequently. The first step is to come in for an examination. What feels like an ankle sprain Yonkers, which affects your ligament, may instead be a strain of the muscle or even a hairline fracture of the bone. In order to properly diagnose it is a sprain, a physical checkup will usually be supplemented by x-rays. Our podiatrist will then identify the most appropriate treatment based on the severity of your sprain. If yours is not too bad, the RICE method may be the best strategy. This stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest the ankle as much as possible. Use ice on it until the swelling subsides (usually two to three days), wrap the ankle, and then elevate it for two to three hours per day. Raise it above your head if you can. If it is necessary to keep you off the ankle even more, crutches or a walker, whichever is better suited to your situation, will be recommended. It is rare that a sprained ankle will require something as extreme as surgery; but if there is a tear to the ligament that is bad enough, it may be an option.
Contact our office and schedule an appointment for any pain or discomfort in the ankle sprain Yonkers area. Turn to our podiatrist as the specialist to handle it.