By John Erotas
October 21, 2014
An ankle sprain can really screw up your day. Unfortunately, they are fairly common but without the ankle's support, it truly is very difficult to get around. Ankle sprain’s are of course not life threatening but can be very painful. So what do we do after we receive an ankle sprain?
As a Sun City podiatrist, I know that there are right ways and wrongs ways to go about treating an ankle sprain. The first thing you want to do is see a podiatrist who will both give you an x-ray and provide a treatment plan for you so that you don’t gain long-term complications from your injury.
Taking an x-ray first is a good way to tell if you have an ankle sprain in Sun City and not a worse injury like a fracture. The next thing your podiatrist will most likely do is provide you with an ankle brace. An ankle brace stabilizes the ankle so that it is very difficult to re-injure your ankle while it is healing. An ankle brace is definitely necessary during your recovery.
If you cannot walk, you should buy crutches until you can put pressure on your foot without foot pain. The next thing that I will do as a Sun City foot doctor is fit you for custom orthotics in Sun City. Orthotics make walking much more comfortable and will give your ankle greater support so that you do not re-injure it.
Ice and rest are needed throughout the recovery process to decrease the pain and swelling of the ankle. I know that as a foot doctor in Sun City, one of the most important things you can do in your recovery happens late in the recovery process.
Once you are feeling better, you want to either go to physical therapy for your ankle or restrengthen the ankle yoursel. What happens after an ankle sprain is that the ankle gets really weak. The muscles, ligaments, and tendons were damaged and therefore, are very weak. This leads to an increased chance that the smallest movement will cause the ankle to roll again and give you another ankle sprain.
Strengthening your ankle prevents you from chronically spraining your ankle by increasing stability and balance and this is crucial to the success of the ankle’s recovery.
The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have locations in Sun City and Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. John Erotas is a podiatrist in Sun City and has extensive experience treating patients with an ankle sprain. Call 480-483-9000 and schedule a consultation today!
By John Erotas