Foot and Ankle Sprains Specialist Q & A
Spraining your foot or ankle can really get you down. In such situations, you could benefit tremendously from a board-certified podiatrist like ours at Hicksville Podiatry! Please call us today or schedule an appointment online. We have 2 convenient locations near you. We serve patients from Hicksville NY, West Hempstead NY, Jericho NY, New Cassel NY, Bethpage NY, Levittown NY, Plainview NY, Westbury NY, East Meadow NY and Syosset NY.
While breaking your foot or ankle is more dramatic, many people say that the pain and recovery of spraining your foot or ankle are even worse! As such, you have our sympathy at Hicksville Podiatry and also our expertise in treating all injuries and conditions related to the foot and ankle so that you don’t have to deal with a sprained foot or ankle any longer than you have to!
How long does it take for a sprained foot and ankle to heal?
The length of time it takes for a sprained foot or ankle sprain to heal depends on the sprain’s severity. As such, a mild or grade I foot or ankle sprain, where the ligaments are stretched but not torn, should feel better within a few days to a week and completely heal within one to three weeks. With a moderate or grade II foot or ankle sprain, where the ligaments are partially torn, the injury should heal within three to four weeks. Finally, severe or grade III foot or ankle sprains, in which the ligament is completely torn, take anywhere from three to six months to heal due to reduced blood flow to the injury site.
When you come to Hicksville Podiatry to see one of our foot and ankle sprains specialists, we will provide you with exceptional treatment so that your ankle heals as quickly and thoroughly as possible!
What do you do for a sprained foot or ankle?
If you have sprained your ankle, whether while working or participating in some form of physical activity, it is necessary to stop whatever you are doing that caused the sprain and seek medical attention to prevent further injury, regardless of how bad the sprain is. Once you have met with a doctor for your sprained ankle, they can provide you with instructions for properly caring for your ankle to aid and expedite its healing.
Does a sprained ankle hurt up the leg?
If you have experienced a high ankle sprain, which involves a different set of ligaments from common ankle sprains, you will likely experience pain that shoots up your leg. High ankle sprains are located between the tibia and fibula. In contrast, common ankle sprains occur in the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL), situated between the end of the fibula and the talus bone at the bottom of your ankle.
How do you treat a sprained ankle and a foot?
As it is with the recovery time of a sprained foot and ankle, treatment for a sprained foot or ankle also depends on the severity of the injury. There are typically three phases of treatment that focus first on protecting the ankle and reducing pain and swelling, second on restoring flexibility, range of motion, and strength, and third, on exercises that focus on a gradual return to regular activity. Standard treatments for each injury grade of sprained foot and ankles are as follows:
- Grade I: Mild sprains typically can heal sufficiently with a combination of anti-inflammatory pain medication and the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation to reduce pain and swelling and prevent further injury.
- Grade II: Some moderate sprains can be treated in the same way as mild sprains, but many Grade II sprains also require some form of immobilization, such as a brace or removable cast to provide support. Physical therapy may also be required once the ankle has healed enough to return your ankle to its previous strength, agility, balance, and flexibility levels.
- Grade III: In addition to pain relief measures and the RICE method, severe ankle sprains will likely require a short leg brace or cast until it is strong enough to support your bodyweight again. The most severe sprains may require surgery. However, it is rare for a sprained ankle to require surgical treatment. Moreover, our podiatrists at Hicksville Podiatry view surgery as a last resort for most foot and ankle conditions.
If you have recently sprained your foot or ankle and need to see a specialist, you should come to Hicksville Podiatry to receive first-rate treatment! We welcome you to schedule an appointment through our website or call us at one of our two locations in either Hicksville, NY, or West Hampstead, NY.