Sprained Ankle Specialist

Ankur Dharia, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute

Ankur Dharia, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Hillsborough Township, NJ

Sprained ankles can range from mild to severe, but because of the importance of your ankles in your mobility, expert oversight of your injury is important. At Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute, Ankur Dharia, DPM, provides experienced ankle care to his patients in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, getting them back on their feet as quickly as possible. For help with your sprained ankle, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What is a sprained ankle?

Your ankles are complex structures that rely on a network of ligaments to keep the bones connected. When you damage or tear one of these ligaments, you’ve sprained your ankle. The most common causes of a sprained ankle include:

  • Twisting your ankle
  • Landing badly
  • A misstep off a curb
  • Exercising on uneven surfaces

The fact is that a sprained ankle can occur any time you force the bones in your ankle out of position, stretching your ligaments past their limits. 

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

The most common signs of a sprained ankle include:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Increasing stiffness
  • Inability to bear the weight

Some sprains can lead to instability in your ankle, which can “give out.”

What should I do if I injure my ankle?

If you hurt your ankle, it’s essential that you take immediate action using the RICE method, which stands for:

  • Rest 
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

You should apply the RICE method for 24 hours after your injury to keep the swelling down and the pain to a minimum. If your ankle doesn’t improve or becomes even stiffer and painful, it’s time to make an appointment at Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute.

Please note that if you’re in severe pain, you should seek immediate help at your nearest emergency care center.

How are sprained ankles treated?

When you come into Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute, the first order of business is to diagnose the severity of the sprain, which the providers go through a physical examination and advanced imaging tools. Once they have a better idea of the extent of the sprain, they may recommend one or more of the following depending upon the degree of the sprain:

  • Continuing the RICE treatment
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Wrapping or splinting
  • Casting or a walking boot for severe sprains

Surgery for a sprained ankle is rare and is usually only required if your ligaments don’t heal properly, placing you more at risk for further sprains. In these cases, Dr. Dharia makes the necessary repairs to prevent future problems.

For expert and knowledgeable sprained ankle care, call Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute or schedule an appointment online.