Foot & Ankle Sprains
Your Foot & Ankle Sprain Specialist in Beverly Hills
No one has ever sprained their ankle and thought, “I want to do that again!” But a single sprain incident puts you at a greatly increased risk for future sprains. We want you to avoid re-injury just as much as you do, which is why we’re here to both treat and prevent foot and ankle trauma.BookAn Appointment
Foot & Ankle Sprain Basics
Ligaments are the tough bands of tissue that connect two bones. Ligaments are responsible for joint stability and positioning. When ligaments are strong, your joints are well-supported and ready for action.
Sprains are defined as the stretching or tearing of ligaments, which then weakens them. Ankle and foot sprains typically occur when you accidentally twist or turn your ankle in an uncomfortable way. While ankle sprains are most common during strenuous activities, it’s not unusual to sprain your foot or ankle performing everyday activities.
After a sprain, your ligaments’ ability to keep bones in place is decreased. Your joints are more unstable, and you’re more susceptible to further injuries.
Ankle sprain symptoms include pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and stiffness.
Treatment for ankle sprains varies depending on severity. While taking care of a sprained ankle yourself may be sufficient, it is often necessary to obtain a medical evaluation to truly determine how badly your foot or ankle is sprained.
Foot & Ankle Sprain Conditions We Treat
Grade 1 are the least severe of all sprains, and result in soreness and slight swelling. Luckily, your ligament has been overstretched, but not torn. Dr. Nik can advise you on the right type of splint, brace, or bandaging is necessary for a quick recovery.
Grade 2 sprains consist of a partial tear in the ligament. You’ll notice pain and swelling for a longer period of time than someone with a Grade 1 sprain. The tear causes bleeding under your skin, which results in bruising. Additionally, you may find it difficult to bear full weight on the ankle, especially in the days immediately following the injury. Crutches or an air stirrup may be necessary to support and protect your ankle.
Grade 3 sprains are the most serious, and often accompanied by an audible popping sound. When this happens, the ankle ligament has been fully torn. These injuries always require medical attention and stabilization. In these cases, our team can prescribe pain medications and design treatment plans with at-home therapeutic exercises and supportive devices.
A physical exam allows us to rule out worse injuries. In-office x-rays and ultrasounds may be used to verify that the pain isn’t from a fracture or other bone affliction. Occasionally, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to diagnose the extent of the sprain.
Our Approach to Foot & Ankle Sprains
Your injury is unique to you, and that’s why we treat every sprain on a case-by-case basis.
No matter how minute an injury, our team will assess your ankle thoroughly.
From footwear to braces, we’ll make sure your sprain doesn’t happen again.
Why Choose Dr. Nik?
Dr. Nik and his team are experts at foot and ankle treatments, both noninvasive and surgical. Our treatment plans will have every patient feeling stronger than before, regardless of their sprain severity.Meet Dr. Nik