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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Take Ankle Sprains Seriously | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Take Ankle Sprains Seriously
 

Perhaps this scenario sounds familiar: you’re enjoying a day at the beach when friends suggest an impromptu volleyball game. The net goes up and, since you didn’t bring sneakers to the beach, you play barefoot.  You jump up to make that one spectacular play but when you land in the shifting sand your ankle twists and you feel a sharp and intense pain.

At Central Jersey Foot & Ankle Care we want our patients to realize the long-term issues ankle sprains can create. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) estimate that 40 % of people with ankle sprains will most likely experience long-term joint problems.

How Bad is It?

A sprain, by definition, is when the ligaments are overstretched beyond the normal range of motion.  The severity of a sprain depends on how many ligaments are involved and whether they are just stretched or partially or totally torn.  Signs of a severe sprain include:

  • Bruising or swelling that lasts more than two weeks
  •  The ankle or foot looks deformed; swelling below the ankle in the midfoot
  • Bearing weight on the foot with the ankle sprain is too painful to walk more than a few steps
  • No improvement after 5-7 days

 

Treatment

The first step is to make an appointment promptly to see one of our podiatrists Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel. Even minor sprains need the proper treatment and rehabilitation to prevent future injuries and conditions such as chronic lateral ankle pain and chronic ankle instability. The foot doctor will also want to rule out a fracture, most likely by taking an x-ray (which can be done right in our Aberdeen office). Once a sprain is confirmed, the podiatrist will determine the best treatment plan for you.

What’s important to realize is that even after the pain and swelling have been relieved, the healing is not complete. Many patients make the mistake of going back to their regular activities too soon and not finishing the physical therapy or exercises that foot doctor has prescribed which will help bring the ankle back to full strength. If you believe you may have sprained your ankle, don’t delay. Contact our office for an appointment today by calling: 732-566-2841.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Take Ankle Sprains Seriously, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen