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

Did you know that almost 50% of patients who sprain their ankle once are likely to experience future ankle sprains or pain? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our patients to learn how to prevent ankle injuries. When an ankle sprain is not healed completely, the result can be chronic lateral ankle pain. You may experience symptoms of an ankle sprain: tenderness, pain on the outside of the ankle, swelling and stiffness in the ankle on a regular basis. For some people, the pain can be severe enough that it prevents them from participating in activities they want to do. Patients with this condition also feel as if their ankle is going to “give way,” and may twist their ankle easily when stepping onto uneven pavement or a hiking trail.

Stay Steady

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, make an appointment to see one of our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah. The foot doctor will want to examine your foot, take a medical history and find out more about your symptoms. Imaging studies, such as digital x-rays may be ordered. This is so the doctor can rule out other causes of ankle pain which can include a fracture, arthritis, tendon or joint lining inflammation.

Once the podiatrist has ruled out other possible causes of your ankle discomfort, you can take steps to strengthen your ankle and prevent future injuries. These may include:

  • Physical therapy and exercises that will help increase your range of motion and also strengthen the muscles that support the ligaments of your ankle
  • Steroid injections
  • A brace or some other kind of support to keep your ankle from twisting

If the cause of your chronic lateral ankle pain is a loose bone fragment or if the tear to the ligaments is severe, the foot doctor may recommend surgery to repair and strengthen your ankle.

To prevent additional ankle problems, finish the course of treatment your podiatrists prescribes.  Do not return to sports or fitness activities until your foot doctor gives the okay and wear appropriate fitting and supportive shoes designed specifically for the sport you are playing.

If you have additional questions on how to protect your ankles, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050.