Ankle Sprain

Dr. Afsaneh  Latifi -  - Podiatrist

Dr. Afsaneh Latifi

Podiatrist located in Upper Eastside, New York, NY

Ankle Sprain Specialist
For the treatment of ankle sprains, New York City patients can trust Lenox Hill Podiatry. Dr. Latifi is specially trained to treat sprains and injuries using the most effective treatments available. To find relief quickly, patients can visit the location in the Upper East Side.

Ankle Sprain Q&A

by Dr. Afsaneh Latifi

What are Ankle Sprains?

When the ligaments which support the ankle and allow the foot to function are injured or torn, it is referred to as a sprain. Ligaments keep the bones in place and are made up of durable bands of connective fibers. While the ligaments in the foot and ankle are meant to be elastic, a person can overload them which can cause them to overstretch or rip. An abrupt twist can force them to stretch beyond their ability and as a result the ligaments tear. Sprains are ranked by doctors using grades:

  • Grade I- the ligaments were overly overextended but did not tear
  • Grade II- the ligaments were somewhat torn
  • Grade III- the ligament(s) were completely torn

Individuals are at a greater risk for sprains if they:

  • Run, walk or play on uneven terrain
  • Wear shoes which don’t fit as they should or have inadequate support
  • Have sprained their ankle(s) in the past
  • Play sports which require abrupt changes in direction such as soccer, football, and basketball

What Are Indications of an Ankle Sprain?

Ankle sprains can display or produce:

  • A popping noise when injured
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Instability when standing on the ankle
  • Difficulty moving the ankle
  • Ankle pain ranging from mild to extreme

In most cases, the more severe the symptoms, the more serious the damage to the ankle. To determine how bad the sprain is, the podiatrist will utilize x-rays to view the tissues and in some instances may perform an MRI.

What Treatments Are Used?

Sprains can heal without intervention and, unfortunately, will have to in most cases. When the sprain is particularly bad, surgery can be performed to excise pieces of torn ligament, bone, and/or cartilage. Surgery can also be used to repair the ligament’s connection or rebuild it employing the biological material. Resting and icing the affected foot will be very helpful for all sprains and if needed the podiatrist can provide patients with a brace or supportive air cast. Compression bandages can be wrapped or worn, and the foot should be elevated to minimize the inflammation. Pain relieving drugs will also assist with managing discomfort during the initial healing period. The podiatrist can prescribe medications if the pain is especially troublesome.