Ankle sprains are common among active individuals who play sports or participate in activities that require a quick change of direction. Ankle sprains are often self diagnosable and treatable, but in some cases need further treatment to heal properly.
What is an ankle sprain?
Ankle sprains occur when the ankle is twisted, rolled, or moved in an incorrect way. The awkward action may tear or stretch the ligaments of the ankle causing pain and swelling. Most sprained ankles can be treated with rest, ice, elevation, and relaxation.
If the pain does not get better with selfcare, you should see a doctor for treatment.
What is the difference between a broken ankle and a sprained ankle?
Ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments in the ankle, while having a broken ankle is an injury to a bone within the ankle. If you experience immediate throbbing pain, swelling, bruising or tenderness, you may have a broken ankle. A tiny crack in the bone, or a clean break can occur from a simple fall, a awkward twist when playing a sport, or a major event like a car crash.
An X-ray, MRI, CT Scan, or ultrasound will be used to diagnose an ankle fracture. A doctor may reccomend one of these tests if you experience a sprained ankle.
Ankle Sprain Treatments
Rest, ice, elevation, and relaxation are the best initial treatment for ankle sprains. Over the counter pain medication can also be used to treat pain experienced from ankle sprains.
The team at Garden State Pain and Orthopedics create a personalized treatment plan individuals with ankle injuries. The treatment plan may consist of:
In severe cases, minimally invasive surgery may need to be performed to repair damaged ligaments in the ankle. The team at Garden State Pain & Orthopedics creates a treatment plan tailored to your specific injury and activity level. Depending on the severity of your condition, treatment for an ankle injury may include:
What is the internal brace procedure?
The Internal Brace procedure is a relatively new surgical technique offered by Garden State Pain and Orthopedics that aims to enhance the stability and promote faster healing of ligament injuries, including sprained ankles. It was developed as an alternative to traditional methods of treating ankle sprains, such as non-surgical approaches or more invasive procedures like ligament reconstructions.
The Concept of the Internal Brace
The Internal Brace procedure involves the use of a strong, synthetic tape-like material, often made of a material called high-strength suture tape, which is surgically implanted within or alongside the injured ligament. This tape acts as a supportive "brace" to reinforce the damaged ligament and provide stability to the joint during the healing process.
Recovery and rehabilitation after the Internal Brace procedure follow a structured protocol, which may involve wearing a protective boot or brace, gradually increasing weight-bearing, and participating in physical therapy. The goal is to facilitate the healing process while gradually restoring strength, range of motion, and stability to the ankle.
What are the advantages of the internal brace procedure?
Sprained ankles are quite common especially amoung young individuals partificpating in competitive sports. If you twist your ankle, and the pain and symptoms persist despite treatment, you may need surgery to repair the damaged ligament. Our expert Foot and Ankle Specialist, Dr. Scott Hanauer can assess and provide a personalized treatment plant that best fits your needs and goals. Dr. Hanauer takes a conservative apporach to treatment, and when surgery is needed he performs minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery whenever possible. If you would like to schedule a consulation with Dr. Hanauer select "Book Now". Dr. Hanauer is available in Garden State Pain and Orthopedics' Cifton, West Orange, Jersey City, and Edison locations.