How To Heal An Ankle Sprain Quickly
Ankle Sprains are extremely common and happen everyday. As a podiatrist, I teach my patients how to precisely recover from a sprain and not re-injure themselves. It is actually quite easy to sustain another sprain while the original sprain is healing because of how weak the ankle joint currently is and I teach my patients how to avoid this.
The first thing to do after a sprain is of course to get off your ankle and rest. Elevate your ankle and ice it to decrease inflammation, which will speed up the healing process. If you can’t walk without pain, then definitely use crutches for the first few days after your injury. The trick to an ankle sprain is not to damage it any further while it is healing or it will continually increase the recovery time.
Protect Your Ankle
The recovery period for an ankle sprain is normally 4-6 weeks. The next thing to do is schedule an appointment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists. We will take an x-ray of your ankle to make sure it is sprained rather than fractured. Knowing for sure the severity of the injury will help us treat it more accurately.
Next, we will recommend an ankle brace for your that restricts the ankles movements. This is one of the best tools to use for an ankle sprain. By drastically restricting ankle movement, we can make sure you do not further damage your ankle.
Next, we will check your footwear to see if it supports your feet and your injury. Many people are wearing shoes and in soles that actively cause foot pain because all shoes support different foot shapes and in soles in them are always generic. Since a person’s feet is not generic but has a specific foot shape, it can continue to cause foot pain. We may prescribe and make for your custom molded orthotics that provide the maximum amount of support for your feet while walking as well as recommend the best type of shoes for you to wear while recovering from this injury.
At our office, we will advise you on all to do’s and don’ts of an ankle sprain so you will understand how to recover. Again, the key is not to re-injure it while it is healing as this will set you back weeks in the recovery process and can happen over and over.
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At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we guarantee our patients get better and through our treatment, in the fast way possible. The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have both a Scottsdale podiatry office and a Sun City podiatry office in Phoenix, AZ.
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