After-Hours Treatment for a Sprained Ankle in Manhattan
Did you fall and hurt your ankle? Sometimes, it can be difficult to distinguish a sprained ankle from a fractured ankle, so it’s best to seek professional medical attention as soon as possible. But, you don’t have to wait days for an appointment with a primary care provider or sit for hours in an ER waiting room. The board-certified physicians and other licensed medical professionals at MedRite Urgent Care in Manhattan can evaluate your injury right away. If necessary, we can perform an X-ray on-site to confirm or rule out a fracture, then suggest a treatment plan to help you heal quickly and fully.
How Does a Sprained Ankle Differ From a Fractured Ankle?
A sprain is a soft tissue injury in which a ligament – a fibrous band that connects the bones in a joint – is stretched beyond its normal capacity, possibly to the point of tearing. A fracture is a crack or break in a bone. Both injuries can produce similar symptoms, such as ankle pain, swelling, bruising, and an inability to bear weight or walk on the affected leg. Therefore, a prompt and accurate diagnosis is essential to ensure appropriate treatment.
How Is a Sprained Ankle Treated?
After diagnosing a sprained ankle, we may suggest:
- A brief rest (no more than 2-3 days; inactivity can lead to muscle weakness and delay healing)
- Icing the painful ankle every two to three hours for 20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling
- Compressing the ankle with an elastic bandage to stabilize the injury
- Wearing a walking boot until the affected ankle can comfortably bear weight
- Performing physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support the ankle (we have a licensed physical therapist on-site)
In most cases, sprained ankle treatment does not involve surgery. However, a surgical procedure may be suggested to address a very severe injury that involves cartilage damage or chronic joint instability. If necessary, we can refer you to a surgeon.
Don’t try to push through an ankle injury. You can easily make the problem worse, and that can lead to chronic pain and arthritis. To learn more about treatment options for a sprained ankle, contact or visit MedRite Urgent Care in Manhattan today.