More than 25,000 people sprain their ankles every day, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.
Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, often resulting in one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle to be stretched or torn. If not properly treated, ankle sprains could develop into long-term problems.
Treatment includes resting the ankle and applying ice to reduce swelling. Compressive bandages also may be used to immobilize and support the injury. Bracing is recommended to allow the injured ligaments to rest in the recovery phase. More serious ankle sprains, particularly in competitive athletes, may require surgery to repair to tighten the ligaments.
Ankle tendon ruptures are painful acute injuries that may lead to dropfoot deformity or a painful arthritic flatfoot. We specialize in surgical repair of this problem. The goal is to stabilize and strengthen the foot and ankle in order to maintain propulsive gait.