How to Treat a Sprained Ankle


Spraining or straining your ankle is one of the most common injuries and it can occur at the most unexpected times, like when you’re crossing the street and step awkwardly over a drain or off a curb. Sprains also frequently happen to people participating in sporting activities that involve running, jumping, and pivoting.

People who have had previous injuries to the ankle that were not properly treated are more likely to suffer another sprain, so always seek proper treatment from your podiatrist to avoid chronic ankle instability.

Imaging scans such as x-rays are necessary for proper evaluation of the bones. While x-rays and CT scans are great for showing any bone abnormalities, an MRI (magnetic resonance image) may be required to reveal any damage to the soft tissue of the tendons and ligaments.

Ankle sprain treatments include the following:

1)    The RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation)

2)    Ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce pain and swelling

3)    Crutches or a wheelchair to take the weight off the foot

4)    Immobilizing the foot with a walking boot or cast while the injury heals

5)    Restoring strength and flexibility with physical therapy exercises

If you have suffered a sprained ankle, we highly recommend that you consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Barkin have years of experience helping patients diagnose and treat a variety of podiatric issues. Plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems are all common problems we encounter. Visit our podiatry practice conveniently located in Valley Stream in Long Island to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!