Finding Treatment for an Ankle Sprain

Preventive care is the best medicine. It helps you bypass serious issues, painful and lengthy treatments, and a hefty medical bill. Most people don't, however, take proper care of their feet. Yes, I said it. Feet. More than 50,000-foot injuries per year are the cause of missed workdays, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One of those foot injuries is ankle sprains, which if not treated properly may have long-term ramifications, just ask your White Plains, NY, foot doctor: Dr. Eric Peters.

More About Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur if an abnormal force is placed on your ankle causing it to shift or twist. This may occur while you're walking or playing a sport. The severity of the sprain varies from light bruising to torn ligaments that may require surgery.

"More than 23,000 people per day in the United States, including athletes and nonathletes, require medical care for ankle sprains," according to Medscape.

Preventive Measures

There are a few ways to minimizing your chances of spraining your ankle:

  1. Warmup (stretch) before participating in any sports activity, no matter how light
  2. Exercise or train your muscles for the sport you play and choose appropriate footwear
  3. Wear well-fitted shoes and swap them out for new ones if the thread wears out
  4. Avoid high-heel shoes and running on uneven surfaces
  5. Visiting your foot doctor to make sure you're in good health

Treatment Options for an Ankle Sprain

1. Self-care: For the first two or three days use RICE:

2. Medications: Use over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen to manage pain.

3. Devices: An orthotic device, splint, or crutches help immobilize and stabilize the ankle until the tendon heals.

4. Therapy & Surgery: If you've worked with a physical therapist and tried all the previous treatment options, you need to speak with your White Plains foot doctor about surgery about repairing or reconstructing a ligament.

Need a Foot Doctor?

If you'd like to speak with Dr. Eric Peters about how to prevent an ankle sprain or how to treat it, then call his White Plains, NY, office at 914-285-4444.

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