Are You Suffering from an Ankle Sprain as a Result of a Sudden Slip, Twist, or Previous Injury?
The orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine experts at Westchester Sport and Spine are here to help you with your ankle sprain. With 40 years of combined experience diagnosing ankle sprains and treating ankle injuries, the fellowship trained orthopedic doctors and specialists at Westchester Sport and Spine provide you with the highest level of care for surgical and non-surgical ankle procedures.
About Your Ankles
Your ankles are considered hinge joints, comprised of bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. These complex structures work together to move your foot in two primary directions.
The ankle joint is formed by three bones; your tibia (the shin bone), fibula (small bone in the leg) and the talus, (a large bone in your foot). The “round knobs sticking out” are your malleoli, which provide stability to your ankle joint.
Surrounding the joint are ligaments and a fibrous joint capsule that provide strength and stability. Tendons wrap around your ankle and attach to the large muscle of your leg, the most famous of which is the Achilles tendon.
Due to the complexity and intricacy of an ankle joint, it can be one of the most often injured, especially for athletes and those with active lifestyles. Ankle sprains are the most common sports injury for both younger and older athletes.
Common Causes of Ankle Sprains
Ankle sprains are caused by a twisting injury. The foot is planted and your body twists putting a lot of stress through the ankle ligaments and causing the ligaments to stretch or tear. The injury most commonly occurs where your body twists out and ankle twists in which is called an inversion injury.
Contact the orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine doctors at Westchester Sport and Spine to have your ankle sprain professionally examined.
Commonly Treated Ankle Conditions
- Achilles Tendon Ruptures
- Ankle Dislocations
- Ankle Fractures
- Ankle Sprains
- Chronic Ankle Instability
- Common Ankle Injuries
- Dislocated Ankle
- High Ankle Sprain
- Peroneal Tendon Injuries
- Talar Dome Lesion
Diagnosing Ankle Sprains
Diagnosing an ankle sprain is best done by touching the ankle.
The tenderness and swelling should be in the ligaments and not in the bone. If a fracture is suspected, it is important to get x-rays.
In children, a growth plate fracture of the ankle is common and this should not be missed. The stability of the ankle should be tested and this includes performing a draw test.
Call Us Immediately
If your ankle sprain is accompanied by any of the symptoms below, please call the orthopedic doctors and specialists at Westchester Sport and Spine immediately and then ask someone to drive you to our clinic.
- You cannot bear significant weight on your ankle
- Your pain or swelling is severe
- You have sprained your ankle more than twice
- The sprain is not improving after a week
- Your foot feels cool or numb