How To Heal An Ankle Sprain The Right Way
Ankle Sprains are extremely common because any simple misstep can cause the ankle to roll or twist. The key to treatment is to prevent any further damage from occurring. During any ankle sprain, the ligaments and tendons in the ankle may partially tear but if you follow the right advice, you can most likely heal your ankle sprain fully in 4 to 6 weeks.
The first thing to do is of course get off of your feet and ice it. Elevate your ankle while icing and ice your ankle 3 times a day for 15 minutes. This will decrease inflammation and accelerate the repair of your ankle.
If you have extreme pain and cannot walk without tremendous pain, it is best to use crutches for the first few days, especially before you come into my office for a visit. The next step then is to schedule an appointment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.
At my office, we will provide you with an x-ray to determine the severity of the injury and make sure that the ankle is not fractured. Once we know that the ankle is in fact sprained, we can go on to treat this problem accordingly. You will also receive advice by me as a licensed and experienced podiatrist on what you need to do to heal your ankle as fast as possible.
Restricting Ankle Movements
For example, one thing that is necessary as treatment is an ankle brace. Ankle braces restrict any loose movements of the ankle and thereby, make it extremely difficult to further injure the ankle. I will also check your footwear to make sure that it is supporting your feet and treatment and not actively harming you.
Other than seeing a podiatrist and wearing an ankle brace, another crucial part of recovery is the rehabilitation period. In this period, you should re-strengthen the ankle. Right now because of the injury, the ankle is weak and so are the surrounding muscles. Again, the ligaments and tendons are most likely partially torn and because of this, cannot support your body’s weight and movements.
Once the ligaments and tendons are healed, they will still be weak and unable to support your body’s weight. This means that any little misstep can easily cause another sprain and you will have to endure another 4 to 6 weeks of the healing process.
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