Recovering From An Ankle Sprain
An ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries. The problem with an ankle sprain is not always the sprain itself but treating the sprain so that you do not continue to re-roll your ankle again and again. As a podiatrist, I have seen hundreds of ankle cases where people have gotten far into the recovery process only to sprain it again and have to go through treatment once more.
In this article, you will discover not only how to treat your ankle but also make sure you don’t end up with chronic ankle sprains.
The reason why an ankle will roll again and again is because the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that are damaged due to the sprain are extremely weak. The ankle has to balance the body and hold up one’s weight while moving around. Any little misstep can cause the ankle to roll because these weak muscles can no longer support your ankle.
To prevent re-rolling the ankle, once the ankle has sufficiently healed, some sort of rehabilitation and exercise to strengthen the ankle is vital to full recovery. Without it, you will most likely roll your ankle again bringing back it’s recovery.
Now that you have sprained your ankle there are a few steps that you should take right away. First, see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists. Here, we will diagnose the severity of the sprain and with this knowledge, provide advice and treatment on exactly how to fix your specific sprain in the quickest amount of time and without any long-term complications.
Next, there are things that you can do at home. Obviously, after you have sprained your ankle, rest your foot. The goal at this stage is not to damage the ankle any further and reduce the swelling to speed up the body’s ability to heal itself.
Icing is crucial at this stage and one of the top things you should be doing. Ice your ankle at least three times a day for 15 minutes. Elevate the ankle while you do this. You may also take ant-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and inflammation.
If you have too much pain walking, you should you crutches for a few days until you can walk with little pain. The next very important thing to do is wear a high quality ankle brace. An ankle brace restricts movement of the ankle making it virtually impossible to re-injure the ankle This brace will be a lifesaver as the ankle continues to heal.
Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman are podiatrists at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists who can help you not only heal your ankle sprain but also make sure this doesn’t turn into a longer problem than it needs to be. At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we focus on our patient’s satisfaction making sure our patients heal quickly and fully.
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By John Erotas