Ankle Pain Treatment Available After Hours in New York City
If you fell and twisted your ankle in such a way that its outer side bent toward the ground, you may have overstretched or torn a ligament that secures the bones in your ankle joint. If you’re experiencing severe pain or difficulty walking, you should seek prompt medical attention to confirm your diagnosis – which is most likely a sprained ankle – as well as rule out a fracture and help prevent complications, such as chronic ankle pain.
Walk-In Urgent Care for Ankle Pain
In all likelihood, you won’t need to go to an expensive and chaotic emergency room for ankle pain treatment. But, you shouldn’t have to wait for an appointment to see your regular doctor, either. Come to MedRite Urgent Care in New York City. Our urgent care center is open every day during extended hours, and you are welcome to stop by at any time to receive on-demand care without an appointment.
To diagnose your injury, a MedRite provider will thoroughly examine your ankle, ask about your symptoms, and order an X-ray, which can be performed on site. Our team includes certified X-ray technicians and our office is equipped with state-of-the-art X-ray equipment, allowing us to expedite the diagnostic process so we can help you feel better, faster.
How Is a Sprained Ankle Treated?
After we confirm that you’ve sprained your ankle, we can recommend an appropriate treatment plan. The mainstay of ankle pain treatment is “PRICE” therapy, which involves:
- Protection – To prevent further damage, you can use crutches to help keep weight off your injured ankle.
- Rest – Initially, it will be important to minimize your ankle movement, which can impede healing.
- Ice applications – To alleviate swelling and numb pain, you can apply an ice pack three to five times a day for 20 minutes at a time.
- Compression – Your injured ankle can be wrapped with an elastic bandage to further reduce swelling.
- Elevation – When possible, it can be helpful to raise your ankle above heart level to allow fluid to drain away from the damaged area.
If necessary, we may suggest pain relievers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help relieve painful swelling. After your pain subsides, you can begin performing gentle exercises to help restore your range of motion. Some options include rotating your ankle in circles and manually flexing your ankle up and down.
Don’t wait. For prompt and effective ankle pain treatment, come to MedRite Urgent Care in New York City today.