Are you suffering from an ankle sprain as a result of a sudden slip, twist or previous injury?

The orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine experts at Westchester Sport and Spine are here to help you with your ankle sprain. With 37 years of combined experience diagnosing ankle sprains and treating ankle injuries, the fellowship trained orthopedic doctors and specialists at Westchester Sport and Spine provide you with the highest level of care for surgical and non-surgical ankle procedures.

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If your ankle sprain is accompanied by any of the symptoms below, please call Westchester Sport and Spine immediately and ask someone to drive you to our office.

You cannot bear significant weight on your ankle
Your pain or swelling is severe
You have sprained your ankle more than twice
The sprain is not improving after a week
Your foot feels cool or numb
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icon-anatomy-doctorAbout your ankles

Your ankles are considered hinge joints, comprised of bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. These complex structures work together to move your foot in two primary directions.

The ankle joint is formed by three bones; your tibia (the shin bone), fibula (small bone in the leg) and the talus, (a large bone in your foot). The “round knobs sticking out”are your malleoli, which provide stability to your ankle joint.

Surrounding the joint are ligaments and a fibrous joint capsule that provide strength and stability. Tendons wrap around your ankle and attach to the large muscle of your leg, the most famous of which is the Achilles tendon.

Due to the complexity and intricacy of an ankle joint, it can be one of the most often injured, especially for athletes and those with active lifestyles. Ankle sprains are the most common sports injury for both younger and older athletes.

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icon-symptoms-doctorCommon causes of ankle sprains

Ankle sprains are caused by a twisting injury. The foot is planted and your body twists putting a lot of stress through the ankle ligaments and causing the ligaments to stretch or tear. The injury most commonly occurs where your body twists out and ankle twists in which is called an inversion injury.

Contact the orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine doctors at Westchester Sport and Spine to have your ankle sprain professionally examined.

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icon-conditions-doctorCommonly treated ankle conditions

  • Achilles Tendon Ruptures
  • Ankle Dislocations
  • Ankle Fractures
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Ankle Instability
  • Common Ankle Injuries
  • Dislocated Ankle
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Peroneal Tendon Injuries
  • Talar Dome Lesion
  • Osteoarthritis

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icon-treatments-doctorDiagnosing Ankle Sprains

Diagnosing an ankle sprain is best done by touching the ankle.

The tenderness and swelling should be in the ligaments and not in the bone. If a fracture is suspected, it is important to get x-rays.

In children, a growth plate fracture of the ankle is common and this should not be missed. The stability of the ankle should be tested and this includes performing a draw test.

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icon-treatments-doctorAnkle sprain treatment options

Treatment of the ankle sprain acutely includes ice and elevation. It is critical to aggressively ice the ankle to prevent swelling that will delay healing and return to normal walking and sports.

It is also important to begin walking on the ankle as soon as it is better to improve the healing of the ligaments. Delayed walking will make the ligament weaker and increase the chance of re-spraining the ankle.

Physical therapy can help to regain motion, decrease swelling and improve the strength of the ankle. Strengthening the peroneals will help prevent recurrent ankle sprains.

Recurrent ankle sprains in unstable ankles sometimes require surgery to reconstruct the stretched-out, torn ligaments. This is rarely needed, but when done is very successful.

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icon-treatments-doctorAnkle pain articles

Learn more about ankle pain with these educational articles from the orthopedic doctors at WSS:

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If your ankle sprain is accompanied by any of the symptoms below, please call the orthopedic doctors and specialists at Westchester Sport and Spine immediately and then ask someone to drive you to our clinic.

  • You cannot bear significant weight on your ankle
  • Your pain or swelling is severe
  • You have sprained your ankle more than twice
  • The sprain is not improving after a week
  • Your foot feels cool or numb

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