A twisted ankle can be caused by one little misstep. Sports, walking down steps, icy surfaces can all cause someone to take the wrong step and twist their ankle. Usually a sprained ankle can heal safely without much need for treatment other then to take it slow and apply some RICE- rest, ice, compression, elevation.

Sprained ankles are more serious and often involves torn ligaments. A sprained ankle is caused when someone's foot is planted into the ground and their ankle rolls out. A sprained ankle very painful! The ankle will swell up and become bruised almost immediately. Often, a sprained ankle can heal with the same methods as a twisted ankle, however, in severe cases surgery may be needed.

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As soon as you injure your foot or ankle, you need to see a doctor immediately. Getting the ankle checked out quickly will ensure the best outcome. The sooner you get it checked out, the faster you may be able to begin healing. 

Robert Kosofsky, D.P.M.
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Dr. Robert Kosofsky has over 25 years of experience treating patients in our Hillsborough & Piscataway offices