At High Mountain Orthopedics, our world-class doctors and staff are dedicated to helping relieve patients’ pain and reduce the time it takes for them to heal, so they can go back to leading healthy, productive lives. We offer state-of-the-art orthopedic care in Wayne, Englewood and Paramus, NJ.
One of the conditions we commonly see in our patients is ankle sprains. Often caused by a misstep, sports injury or unfortunate fall, our orthopedic specialists are here to help you heal from painful ankle sprains.
An ankle sprain, by definition, involves the tearing of one of your ankle’s ligaments. Ligaments are bands of connective tissue that connect two bones or hold together a joint, such as your ankle.
The most common location for ankle sprains is on the outside portion of the ankle. Sprains are very common injuries that affect many people and can happen as the result of participating in a wide range of activities.
Sometimes, an ankle sprain can occur simultaneously with an ankle fracture, but the most common cases we see from patients are ankle sprains that happen in isolation.
Ankle sprains occur when you turn, twist or roll your ankle in an uncomfortable way. This act can tear or stretch the ligaments whose job is to hold your ankle joint intact.
One of the primary functions of ligaments is to help stabilize joints and prevent excessive movement. A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments go beyond their typical range of motion.
- You experience pain immediately after “twisting” your ankle — such as landing on it awkwardly
- You notice various forms of bruising under the skin
- You can’t place weight on your foot without feeling pain
In some cases, at-home remedies and common over-the-counter medications can heal a sprained ankle, but in the case of more severe sprains, medical attention from doctors at High Mountain Orthopedics may be necessary.
If you are experiencing severe pain when weight is applied to your foot or you notice visible bruising, it’s important to get medical attention as soon as you can.
After one of our orthopedic doctors thoroughly evaluates your condition, they can determine the most logical course of treatment.
Some factors may increase your risk for a sprained ankle, so you should do your best to avoid them to prevent injury. These include:
- Participation in sports: Activities such as basketball, tennis, football and soccer require a lot of jumping, running and quick cutting actions while on the move. All of these motions can sometimes result in an ankle sprain.
- Walking or running on uneven surfaces: Anytime you’re running down a hill or playing on fields with lots of divots, it can increase your chances of a sprain.
- Prior ankle injury: You’re more likely to sprain your ankle again if you’ve sprained it before.
- Poor physical condition: Limited strength or flexibility in your ankles may increase your risk of injury while playing sports.
- Improper shoes: Shoes that fit poorly or don’t provide proper support are more likely to cause injury.
High Mountain Orthopedics also treats a number of other ankle and foot ailments, including Achilles rupture, and performs ankle arthroscopic procedures for some patients.
To schedule an appointment with one of our highly qualified doctors, contact High Mountain Orthopedics at 973-595-7779. We look forward to helping you heal so you can get back to living an active life.
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