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Did you know that 25,000 people sprain their ankles every day? You may remember spraining your ankle as a child while playing ball or unexpectedly stepping on an uneven surface. Athletes face the potential of sprained ankles every time they step on a ball field, jump a hurdle, or run a race. Whatever the cause of your sprained ankle, our experienced New York, NY, ankle doctor, Dr. Nick, can help you ensure that your ankle heals correctly to avoid future complications.
At times, you might get a twisting feeling in your ankles, but the pain fades away quickly and you can continue what you were doing without additional pain. However, a more severe sprain may cause your ankles to swell, making it far too painful to stand. Sometimes with a bad sprain, you may even feel a “pop” when you get injured.
Ankle sprains happen when one or more ligaments on the outer side of your ankle have become torn or stretched. If you have pain along the inner side of your ankle, always seek the advice of an ankle doctor in New York, NY, as this may indicate a very serious injury to the tendons or to the ligaments that support your foot arch.
Foot and ankle expert Dr. Nick uses advanced digital x-ray technology to tell whether you have a sprain or whether you have broken a bone in your ankle. If you cannot bear weight after an injury or if your foot swells or looks deformed, call Silverstone Podiatry right away at 646.657.0070. We will prioritize your care with a same-day or next-day appointment.
Should your injury happen at an odd time and prevent you from seeing our foot doctor right away, there are several steps you can take yourself to find some relief until you can be seen at our office.
When you first sprain your ankle, you can follow the PRINCE acronym to feel better.
P – Protect your ankle. In this case, protection means limiting mobility. You may choose to apply a brace if one is available to you.
R – Rest. This means resting your ankle and avoiding walking if at all possible.
I – Ice. To reduce swelling and help you feel better, apply ice to your ankle for 10-20 minutes every 1-3 hours at least for the first day. You may also choose to continue doing this for the second day if swelling persists.
N – NSAIDS. These are over the counter medicines such as Advil or Motrin that you can take to help alleviate pain, inflammation, and swelling.
C – Compression. Wrapping your ankle in an ACE bandage can help reduce swelling and stabilize your ankle. Be careful not to wrap it too tight, though, as you don’t want to cut off circulation to your foot.
E – Elevation. Elevating your ankle to where it’s above your heart for 2-3 hours a day can help reduce swelling and bruising.
Call our New York City podiatry office at 646.657.0070 or click here to request your Silverstone Podiatry consultation and exam with Dr. Nick Argerakis. Come see why thousands of people in Manhattan and the Tri-State area trust their foot and ankle care to Silverstone Podiatry! We proudly offer same-day and weekend appointments with virtually no wait times. Start your path back to a pain-free life today!