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Foot & Ankle Pain Treatment Specialist in Manhattan, NYC

New York Foot Experts

Podiatrist & Podiatric Surgeon located in Midtown, New York, NY

Ankle sprains are the most prevalent sports injury, but you don't have to be an athlete to experience a sprain, because it's just as easy to twist your ankle during everyday activities. While foot sprains aren't as common, they can be just as painful and limit your mobility. No matter where your sprain is located, contact New York Foot Experts: Daniel Drapacz, DPM, at one of his convenient New York locations in Chelsea, Midtown Manhattan, Harlem, the Upper East Side, and the Financial District. Dr. Drapacz has extensive experience providing the practical treatment you need to avoid long-term instability and regain optimal strength.

Ankle Sprain and Foot Sprain Q & A

What causes an ankle or foot sprain?

Whether you sprain your ankle or foot, this type of injury occurs when your ligaments are stretched or torn.

Ankle sprains

Sprained ankles commonly occur when you turn your foot inward or outward, stretching the ligaments on either side of your ankle beyond their normal tolerance. This may happen when you walk or run on an uneven surface or during activities that require sideways movements, such as tennis and football. You can also develop an ankle sprain gradually as ongoing stress causes tears that worsen over time.

Foot sprains

These are less common than ankle sprains. When foot sprains occur, they often affect two areas: the center of your foot and the big toe joint. Ligaments in your midfoot tend to become sprained when you fall or twist your foot, while the joint at the base of your big toe is sprained when you catch your toe on something and it bends backward.

What are the symptoms of an ankle or foot sprain?

The classic symptoms of an ankle or foot sprain include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Ankle instability
  • Inability to place weight on the injured foot

Are there complications associated with ankle sprains?

You can develop chronic instability following an ankle sprain. If you continue to use your ankle or don’t get appropriate treatment, the ligaments may not heal properly. As a result, you won’t regain optimal strength or stability, and you’re at a higher risk for future ankle sprains.

How is a sprain treated?

After examining your ankle and foot and taking imaging tests, Dr. Drapacz grades your sprain as mild, moderate, or severe and develops an individualized treatment plan to fit your needs.

You may need to rest and use compression bandages to reduce inflammation. If you need to immobilize your ankle or foot, Dr. Drapacz prescribes the appropriate degree of immobilization, whether that means crutches, a removable plastic boot or brace, or a cast for severe ligament sprains.

Most sprains respond to conservative treatment, but if you have a complete ligament tear or your symptoms don’t improve, Dr. Drapacz may recommend surgery.

Same-day, Saturday, and evening appointments are available at New York Foot Experts. Please call one of the offices or book an appointment online when your pain doesn’t improve over a day or two, or when you have swelling and bruising.


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