Foot and ankle injuries are among the most common odiatric injuries. Most people sprain their ankles at some stage in their lives. Patients usually report spraining their ankles from uneven ground or a sports injury.
Patients with a fractured ankle may experience:
- Throbbing pain
- Pain that increases with activity and decreases with rest
- Swelling and bruising
- Structural deformity
- Inability to walk or bear weight
- Cuts, puncture wounds and protrusion of bone fragments
Most ankle sprains improve without ligament repair surgery. Some ankle sprains however remain painful, swollen, stiff or unstable. Physiotherapy will help many patients regain their range of motion and strength allowing them to resume their regular activities.
However, if an ankle sprain does not improve in a reasonable time frame (3-6 weeks), the patient may have one of the following pathologies: synovitis (inflammation of the lining of the joint), cartilage injury (talar dome injury), nerve injury, tendon injury, associated fracture not seen on plain x-rays, ankle surgery may be required. These patients are best imaged with a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanning of the ankle so that Dr. Rosenzweig can create a proper treatment plan.
Most patients require RICE: Rest/immobilization, Ice, Compression, Elevation. In addition, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory medication, injections and/or surgery may ultimately be required.
David P. Rosenzweig, Board Certified in Podiatric Surgery, performs ankle surgeries for patients with significant ankle problems.
The following surgical procedures may be required:
- Primary Repair
- Ankle Reconstruction
- Ankle Replacement Surgery
- Ankle Fusion Surgery
Dr. Rosenzweig’s advanced techniques require specialized recovery plans. These are individualized based on the patient’s needs and requirements.
Advanced Footcare Center
90 South Ridge Street
Rye Brook, New York 10573
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