Every day, 25,000 Americans suffer foot and ankle sprains. When combined, these injuries result in more than 1 million emergency room visits each year. At his private practice in Freehold, New Jersey, board-certified podiatrist Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS, provides safe, effective treatment for foot and ankle sprains to people of all ages. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Foot and ankle sprains occur when one or more ligaments –– the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect the bones of your leg to your foot –– stretch and tear. All of the ligaments in your body have a set range of motion. If a ligament extends these boundaries, it results in a sprain.
Sprains range in severity. Mild, grade I sprains usually respond to conservative treatments like rest, ice, and elevation. Grade II or III sprains usually require professional treatment and, in severe cases, surgical intervention.
The symptoms of foot and ankle sprains vary, depending on the severity and underlying cause. Telltale signs of foot and ankle sprains include:
If you experience a foot and ankle sprain, you might also find it difficult to place weight on the affected foot and ankle.
To diagnose foot and ankle sprains, Dr. Lemberger performs a physical exam to determine which ligaments are torn. During your exam, he gently presses on your foot and ankle, looking for areas of redness, swelling, or warmth. You also perform a series of easy exercises to determine range of motion of your ankle and foot.
If these tests don’t provide enough information, Dr. Lemberger might order an X-ray or MRI to rule out a fracture or damage to the surface of your ankle joint. An MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to take detailed images of your body. These images help Dr. Lemberger determine the type of sprain you have and pinpoint the source of your discomfort.
Treatment of foot and ankle sprains depends on the severity of the sprain and its effect on your quality of life. Usually, Dr. Lemberger recommends conservative, noninvasive treatments like wearing a brace, using crutches, or elevating your foot to reduce swelling.
If you play sports or lead a physically active lifestyle, you might also benefit from custom orthotics or enPuls radial shockwave therapy. If your sprain is severe and causes ankle instability, surgical intervention may be necessary as a last resort.
Don’t let foot and ankle sprains keep you sidelined. Schedule an appointment at the practice of Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS, today. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online.