Reviewed by AOSMI’s Trained Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Dr. Allison DeWaters and Dr. Wesley Nesbit. 

Ankle sprains are one of the most commonly sustained injuries. Ankle injuries occur in people of all ages, and can range from mild to severe, depending on how much damage is done to the ligaments when they are stretched and torn. However, just because ankle sprains are common doesn’t make it any less important to see a doctor when one occurs. Without proper treatment, sprains can weaken your ankle over time, making it more prone to additional injuries in the future.

At Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) in New Jersey, our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle specialists and onsite podiatrists can diagnose your sprained ankle and provide the treatment that you need. Simply make an appointment with us, and we will help you get on the road to recovery.


There are many ways one can sustain an ankle sprain, but some of the most common causes include:

  • Falling on the ankle
  • Walking or exercising on uneven surfaces
  • Participating in activities such as running, tennis, football, soccer, basketball, and others where there is a lot of rolling and twisting of the foot


When you make an appointment at AOSMI, our podiatrists will carefully assess your ankle injury, as well as conduct an X-ray onsite at our facility in order to accurately diagnose the severity of your sprained ankle. While ankle sprain treatment will vary depending on your specific case, oftentimes a non-surgical approach will be taken first. 


Depending on the severity of your ankle sprain, there are many treatment options available. This could include using a brace to immobilize the ankle as to not aggravate and worsen the injury. Additionally, rehabilitation through physical therapy may be recommended to increase ankle strength and prevent stiffness and chronic ankle problems. Physical therapy is among the many services that we proudly offer at our clinic in Freehold, NJ.


Our team of foot and ankle specialists can determine the best surgical method for your case if non-surgical treatment methods are not providing the results that you require.

To receive treatment for an ankle sprain, or to learn more about our orthopedic facility in New Jersey, contact AOSMI today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sprained Ankles

 How long does it take to heal a sprained ankle?

The healing time for a sprained ankle can vary depending on the severity of the sprain. Mild sprains may heal within a few weeks, while more severe sprains can take several weeks to a few months. Proper rest, rehabilitation, and following medical advice are essential for optimal healing.


 How do I know if my ankle sprain is serious?

Signs that your ankle sprain may be serious include severe pain, significant swelling, inability to bear weight on the affected foot, a popping sound at the time of injury, or persistent instability. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical evaluation to determine the extent of the injury.

 What helps a sprained ankle heal faster?

To aid in the faster healing of a sprained ankle, follow the R.I.C.E. protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Additionally, adhere to your healthcare provider’s recommendations for exercises, physical therapy, and gradually returning to activity. Wearing supportive footwear and avoiding activities that strain the ankle can also promote quicker healing.

 Is it OK to walk on a sprained ankle?

In most cases of mild to moderate sprains, walking with the aid of crutches and a brace or supportive footwear is recommended to prevent further damage. However, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate weight-bearing limits based on the severity of your sprain.

 What are the options for ankle sprain surgery?

Surgery for ankle sprains is usually reserved for severe cases where ligaments are completely torn or when other treatment methods have failed. Surgical options may include ligament repair or reconstruction. Your podiatric surgeon will assess your condition and recommend the most suitable treatment approach.

 How do I know if I sprained my ankle?

Common signs of a sprained ankle include pain, swelling, bruising, difficulty moving the ankle, and instability. If you’ve experienced a sudden twist or roll of the ankle and notice these symptoms, it’s likely that you have sprained your ankle. Your podiatrist can provide a definitive diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment.