Ankle Injuries Specialist

David Mehl, DPM, FACFAS -  - Board Certified Podiatrist, Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Forest Hills Family Foot Care

David Mehl, DPM, FACFAS

Board Certified Podiatrist, Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Flushing, Forest Hills, NY

Evidence proves that ankle injuries increase your risk for future sprains or other problems — which is why it’s so important to get the right treatment the first time you’re injured. At Forest Hills Family Foot Care, caring podiatrist David Mehl, DPM, offers skilled treatment for both minor and complicated ankle injuries in Queens, New York. Call the Forest Hills office or use the booking tool to arrange your appointment now.

Ankle Injuries Q & A

What kind of injuries can affect the ankles?

Your ankles have ligaments, tendons, bones, and muscles, and any of these tissues may sustain an injury. The three most common categories for ankle injuries are:

Sprains

Sprains are ligament injuries. They can vary from mild (overstretching) to moderate (partial tear) to severe (complete tear). Ankle sprains are the most common kind of ankle injuries, accounting for one-quarter of all sports injuries today. 

Strains

Strains are muscle and tendon injuries. Like sprains, they can vary from mild to severe. 

Fractures

Fractures are bone breaks. You can break any ankle bone, with the injury ranging from a mere crack to a displaced break that punctures the skin. The most common broken ankle bone is the lateral malleolus, the knobby outer part of your ankle. 

These are just the most common ankle injuries, so you could also hurt your ankle in another way. 

How do ankle injuries happen?

Ankle injuries are common in sports, but just as often, they occur in other very routine and mundane ways like walking on uneven surfaces or falling into a hole in the ground. 

Many different factors can contribute to ankle injuries as well. For example, diseases like arthritis can weaken your joints, making you more vulnerable to ankle injuries. Other things that may contribute to ankle injuries can include poor physical conditioning, failing to warm up before you exercise, and being overweight.  

What are the symptoms of an ankle injury?

Ankle injury symptoms usually include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty standing
  • Ankle weakness

If you have an ankle injury, start RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) immediately. If you don't feel better very quickly, call Forest Hills Family Foot Care as soon as possible. Dr. Mehl can see you quickly so you can start recovering.

If you have a traumatic ankle injury of any type, call the office immediately. 

What is the best treatment approach for ankle injuries?

At Forest Hills Family Foot Care, Dr. Mehl takes a conservative approach where possible, but he offers a full menu of ankle treatments based on your needs. For nontraumatic injuries, you may need immobilization like a brace or splint, along with oral anti-inflammatory medication and a period of rest. 

For traumatic ankle injuries, you may need more advanced care, including surgical repair or reconstruction. After surgery, you typically wear a cast or other type of immobilization as you heal. 

Whether your injury is mild or severe, you receive physical therapy on-site to help you recover as quickly as possible. 

Call Forest Hills Family Foot Care or click online booking to arrange your appointment now.