Athletic ankle sprains and fractures are one of the most common types of ankle conditions. In fact, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that roughly 25,000 ankle sprains are experienced every day. An ankle sprain occurs when the foot is twisted beyond its normal range of motion, leading to torn ligaments.
Ankle fractures occur much the same way but result in broken bones. An ankle fracture occurs when any of the three bones surrounding the ankle joint breaks. Many things, ranging from sudden trips and falls to overuse of the ankle joint through exercise, can cause ankle sprains and fractures.
If you are suffering from an ankle sprain, you may recover by applying a home remedy referred to as the R.I.C.E. method, or rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Fortunately, most ankle sprains never need surgery to heal. However, if you have an ankle fracture, you will need to avoid any weight-bearing activities for approximately four to eight weeks. It’s important that during this time you keep your ankle as immobile as possible.
To learn more about treatment options available for ankle sprains and fractures, please complete the appointment request box or call (973) 538-2334 to schedule a consultation with a Tri-County Orthopedics specialty-trained sports medicine doctor.