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Ankle Sprain Treatment in New Jersey

An ankle sprain is a common painful injury that occurs when one or more of the ankle ligaments is stretched beyond the normal range of motion.

Sprains can occur because of sudden twisting, turning or rolling movements.

Types of ankle sprains

  • The most common type called a “lateral inversion sprain” occurs when the foot rolls inward. This causes injury to the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle, especially the anterior talofibular ligament.
  • The second type of sprain called a “medial eversion sprain” occurs when the foot rolls outward. This type of sprain causes injury to the ligaments on the inner side of the ankle.
  • The least common type of sprain is called a “syndesmosis” or “high ankle” sprain. This type of sprain occurs when the foot rolls outward and the leg turns inward.

Symptoms of an ankle sprain vary depending on the degree of ligament damage. Sprains are ranked in three degrees.

  • A first degree sprain is a slight stretching of one or more ligaments. This results in mild tenderness and typically requires a bandage wrap.
  • A second degree sprain is a partial tearing that results in moderate tenderness and swelling. The ankle may have some instability and require an ankle brace.
  • A third degree sprain, the most severe, is a complete ligament tear. This results in severe pain, swelling, ankle instability and may require a cast or walking boot.

Treatment for an ankle sprain depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment usually begins with rest, ice, compression and elevation. As the ankle heals, all patients typically benefit from rehabilitation exercises. Typically, surgery is not needed.

Our physicians are trained and experienced in all foot and ankle conditions including advanced trauma and fracture treatment. You can rest assured you will receive your surgeon’s full attention before, during and after your procedure.