Sprain Specialist

Nippon Medical Office

Medical Center located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Hartsdale, NY

Your bones are connected together at your joints by fibrous bands known as ligaments. The injury that overstretches or tears a ligament is called a sprain, which calls for medical attention from leading podiatrist James Tachibana, DPM of Nippon Medical Office. With offices in Midtown East (Manhattan) and Hartsdale, New York, you have a clinic nearby where you can get the expert care you need to treat a sprain. You can book your appointment either online or over the phone.

Sprain Q & A

What causes a sprain?

Even though ligaments are very durable and designed to absorb shock and stretch to accommodate every motion you make, they can wear down over time or tear or overstretch when injured. Some of the most common causes of sprains in your lower extremities include:

  • Rolling your ankle
  • Landing improperly after a jump
  • Training in ill-fitting or worn-out shoes
  • Training or running on an uneven surface
  • Regularly running or playing sports on a hard surface

Muscle fatigue can also increase your risk of a sprain. When your muscles are tired, they don’t properly support your joints, which can lead to abnormal motions and overstretching of a ligament.

When should I see a doctor for a sprain?

Dr. Tachibana encourages you to visit Nippon Medical Office if you think you have a sprain. It’s particularly important to have a foot and ankle exam as soon as possible if you’re experiencing:

  • Numbness
  • Ankle instability
  • Bruising or redness
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Inability to bear weight on your foot

Because these sprain symptoms mimic the symptoms of a fracture, you need to have a comprehensive evaluation right away to get a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. 

Without proper treatment, you can develop chronic ankle instability, which will lead to ongoing pain and inflammation, as well as a higher risk of more sprains.

How are sprains treated?

Your sprain treatment plan at Nippon Medical Office incorporates innovative treatments to help you heal and minimize discomfort. Dr. Tachibana could recommend any of the following sprain treatments:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Low-level laser therapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Splinting, bracing, or casting
  • Soothing anti-inflammatory gel
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Regenerative medicine

You might need physical therapy to help you gain strength and flexibility after a sprain, too. Dr. Tachibana will even spend time counseling you on preventive measures, so that once your sprain heals, you can lessen your risk of more sprains.

Book your sprain evaluation at Nippon Medical Office before your pain and discomfort get any worse. Click on the online scheduler or call your most convenient office directly.