Sprained foot/ankle

Walk-in clinic walkin walk in Inwood Washington Heights 10034

Clinic of Dr. Franklin Ward, 692 204th Street west of Broadway, south side. 212.942.3369

I sprained my foot/ankle Tuesday, just by walking around in my rain boots all day. By the time I picked the kids up from their dad's on Tuesday night, my foot and ankle were in a lot of pain. I couldn't get it looked at, though, because I had to leave for a work trip first thing after dropping off the kids on Wednesday morning. Flying/driving all day Wednesday, then presenting in heels all day Thursday. Then I got stranded in North Carolina (not even close to where my work trip was) Thursday night, and by the time I got back on Friday it was too late. So I was cranky and worried, and couldn't find anyplace that wasn't the ER up in my neighborhood. (I'm putting in all the search terms I used up at the top of this post so someone else can find some helpful information on the web instead of a whole lot of nothing, like I did.)

Fortunately, a friend knew about Dr. Ward, and she showed up on Saturday morning and took me there. Dr. Ward is super old-timey, like that doctor in the Norman Rockwell painting. He assessed my foot and ankle, asked me how it happened, how it felt, saw no swelling or bruising, asked about the type and level of pain, and told me what I'd suspected: sprain. He prescribed an anti-inflammatory, said he didn't know how single moms did it, told me I was charming, and sent my friend and me on our way to brunch with her husband and super-genius daughter.

It was the best experience with health care I've had since my second baby was born, and I'd totally go back. I'm posting this so if anyone else is looking for a walk-in clinic up here in Upstate Manhattan, they'll find Dr. Ward. His office was super old-school, but clean and efficient and fast. His helpers speak Spanish. They take some insurance, but not mine, so it cost me $60 cash. I was in and out in less than 90 minutes on a Saturday. Rock on, Dr. Ward.