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Chronic Ankle Sprains

The outer portion of the ankle is stabilized by a group of ligaments. When these ligaments are injured, and especially when they are injured repeatedly, the ankle can become unstable and cause chronic pain. In fact, nearly half of all patients who experience an ankle sprain report persistent pain and instability in the affected ankle. The symptoms of a chronic ankle sprain include swelling and bruising around the ankle, crackling noises from the ankle while walking, stiffness in the ankle joint, and pain around the bony bump on the outside of the ankle. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist, who can help you recover from your sprain and offer advice on how to prevent reinjury. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. 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 take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

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

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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