By Michael Stegman
November 19, 2014
Category: ankle sprain
Have you rolled or twisted your ankle? Here’s what to do. First, you want to ice and rest your ankle. Don’t add anymore pressure on the ankle to risk further injury. Resting gives the ankle sprain time to heal and icing reduces the swelling and pain. If you cannot walk, definitely get yourself a pair of crutches.
Seeing a Scottsdale podiatrist will be extremely helpful as well. At our Scottsdale podiatry office, we’ll give you an x-ray and make sure your injury isn’t a fracture. Next, we’ll teach you how to wrap your ankle in order to immobilize the ankle. Restricting the ankle’s movements is key to preventing any further injuries.
Also, we’ll provide an ankle brace for you. This secures the ankle making it nearly impossible for your to roll, twist, or re-injure your ankle. We can give you medication to help with inflammation as well. Seeing a Scottsdale foot doctor in this way can vastly quicken the recovery process. We will put you on the best possible path toward healing your ankle.
There is one other important thing that you will want to do as your ankle heals. When your ankle is strong enough and it does not hurt to walk, you want to make sure that you restrengthenen your ankle.
â€¨After an ankle sprain, the surrounding muscles are very weak. They remain weak as they are not being used when you are off of your ankle. When you begin walking, your ankle can no longer support your weight like it used too and your balance will be a bit off. This increases the possibility of re-rolling your ankle because you do not have the same ankle strength.
This is why many athletes are consistently out with chronic ankle sprains. Again, the ankle brace will greatly protect against this. Scottsdale orthotics can help support your feet further as well.
At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, located in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas have extensive experience helping patients recover from moderate to severe ankle sprains. Call 480-483-9000 and schedule a consultation today! Same and next day appointments are often available. If you have an ankle sprain in Scottsdale, we can help!