The Pain of An Ankle Sprain
Movement starts at the foot, each step taken in stride to bring you anywhere you want to go but mistakes happen. One of the most common foot injuries I see at my Sun City and Scottsdale podiatry offices are ankle sprains.
A simple roll or twist can substantially damage and tear vital ligaments and tendons in the ankle. While ankle sprains are common, one should follow treatment with the utmost care because it is easy to re-injure the ankle.
What You Should Do After A Sprain
The first thing to do is rest, elevate, and ice your ankle. These three things make sure your ankle doesn’t get worse and minimizes swelling. Ice relieves pain, calming the damaged area and cooling down inflammed tissue.
If you cannot walk without substantial pain, compress your ankle with either tape or a brace and if necessary, use crutches. The less damage done to the ankle after the injury, the less recovery time you will need.
The next thing you’ll want to do is set up an appointment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists. At your visit, we’ll determine the degree of the sprain that you have and take an x-ray to make sure that you don’t have a fracture.
It is a good idea to ask about prescription orthotics, which give the feet the maximum amount of support while walking. They align to your specific walking pattern and protect you from foot pain.
Rehab Your Ankle
Normally, ankle sprains take about six weeks to heal but then, the ankle is still very weak. This makes balance difficult and you are likely to re-roll your ankle because the muscles are weak. The best thing to do here is to either see a physical therapist or adhere to a strict rehabilitation regimine with a lot of stretching and strengthening exercises.
Strengthening exercises are crucial to the ankle’s full recovery because the ankle has a lot of weight to balance in order that you don't fall.
Schedule An Appointment!
Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman are podiatrists at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists in Sun City and Scottsdale, AZ. Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your appointment now! Same and next day appointments are often available!
By John Erotas