Ankle Sprain

Premier Podiatry: Velimir Petkov, DPM

Podiatrist located in Clifton, NJ

Going through an ankle sprain can force you to stay off your feet for days — or even weeks. Because a sprained ankle can lead to permanent instability, foot and ankle specialist Velimir Petkov, DPM of Premier Podiatry provides the most effective ankle injury treatments. Schedule your ankle evaluation at this state-of-the-art Clifton, New Jersey podiatry clinic by requesting an appointment online. You can also call the office to book an appointment.

Ankle Sprain Q & A

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle occurs when a supportive ligament is overstretched or torn. This common injury can occur when you roll your ankle while missing a step on a flight of stairs, while playing sports, or while running on an uneven surface, to name a few causes.

Sprained ankles often mimic signs and symptoms of fractures, so to ensure you get a thorough diagnosis early on, you need to see your podiatrist if you experience:

  • Bruising or swelling
  • Pain or inflammation
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the ankle

Without proper treatment, a sprained ankle can lead to permanent instability, which can leave you more prone to going through the same injury time and time again. Early intervention and medical treatment are important to ensure you have a full recovery.

How is a sprained ankle treated?

Dr. Petkov offers several solutions to treat your sprained ankle, minimize pain, and strengthen soft tissues. Depending on the severity of your sprain and how much swelling or inflammation you have, your treatment plan can include:

  • Supportive prescription orthotics
  • Soft Casting, bracing, or splinting
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

It takes time, lots of rest, and plenty of periods of elevation to fully recover from an ankle sprain. But rest assured, Dr. Petkov and the team at Premier Podiatry work diligently to treat your injury.

Do I need surgery for an ankle sprain?

Usually not. Most ankle pain sufferers get the relief they need and have a full recovery by going through the aforementioned conservative treatments. Occasionally, though, an ankle ligament tear might be so severe that it might need to be repaired surgically.

Depending on your specific injury, ankle sprain surgery may involve suturing a torn ligament back together, or reconstructing a damaged ligament with tissue from another area of your body. If you do need ankle sprain surgery, Dr. Petkov and his team care for you every step of the way both before and after your procedure.

Learn more about modern ankle sprain solutions offered at Premier Podiatry by booking an exam. You can request an appointment either online or over the phone.