Not all ankle problems require surgery. In fact, most injuries respond to conservative methods quite successfully. In nearly all cases, noninvasive treatments are tried first. The RICE method—rest, ice, compress, and elevate—and physical therapy are some of the most effective remedies for eliminating swelling and inflammation, and helping the damage heal. Sometimes your foot may need to be immobilized for a while so you can recover without re-aggravating the injury. Only on rare occasions will an ankle injury not respond to conservative treatments or be serious enough that you need surgery to repair it.

If you have an ankle issue, don’t ignore it and hope it heals on its own. If you do, you’re far more likely to develop complications that may need a procedure later. Instead, let Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. of Foot Specialist of Long Island help manage your ankle problems today without an invasive procedure. Call our office in Massapequa, New York (516) 804-9038 or use the web request form to reach us for more information or an appointment.