By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 06, 2016
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

One of the most common injuries we treat at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care is ankle sprains. Much misinformation about ankle injuries exists, however, we want our patients to be educated and able to make the best choices for their podiatric health so here are some myths and facts about ankle sprains:

Myth: If you can walk on it it’s probably okay.

Fact: An ankle sprain occurs when one or more of the ligaments in the ankle gets injured. Ankle sprains have varying degrees of severity depending on whether the ligament is overstretched, partially or completely torn. Basic symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Joint stiffness

These symptoms may be more or less intense depending on the extent of the injury. If you have previously sprained your ankle, symptoms may be even less pronounced. The damage to the ankle still needs to be repaired, however. Delaying or not getting treatment at all is the number one reason people develop chronic ankle issues. Your ankle injury may also be accompanied by a fracture or other problem that will go undetected and probably worsen when you resume activities if the foot doctor does not evaluate your ankle.

Myth: Once the pain is gone you can stop treatment

Fact: Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will take the time to properly diagnose your ankle injury and develop a treatment plan that is correct for your individual condition. It is important to continue treatment and follow the foot doctor’s instructions for the prescribed time period. Physical therapy and exercises are not only given to relieve ankle sprain symptoms, but to strengthen muscles surrounding ankle ligaments and joints and thereby reduce the likelihood of additional sprains.

Myth: You should continue to maintain your regular routine until you see a doctor

Fact: If you have twisted your ankle or have ankle sprain symptoms you should follow the RICE regimen until your appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office. RICE stands for: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

Prompt medical attention and complete rehabilitation can prevent chronic ankle problems in the future. So don’t delay, if you have had an ankle injury or are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your ankle, contact our office today by calling 732-662-3050.