How To Heal From An Ankle Sprain


Treating An Ankle Sprain 


Mostly ankle sprains occur after an accidental twist or roll causing the muscles, ligaments, and tendons around the ankle to partially tear.  Swelling, bruising, limping, and pain are inherent to this foot condition.  As a podiatrist, I help patients everyday heal from ankle sprains.  


There are two important points to make about recovering from an ankle sprain.  The first is that you need the right tools and treatments to heal the sprain and the second is that you need to know what to do after the ankle has healed so it doesn’t happen again.  Chronic re-current ankle sprains are extremely common but there is a way to avoid them.


Once you sprain the ankle, immediately lie down, elevate your feet, and ice it.  You will want to ice the sprain at least three times a day for 15 minutes for the first few days.  This will relieve some of the inflammation and speed up the recovery time.  


Next, if you cannot walk without pain, use crutches for the first few days.  The whole point of ankle recovery is to not further damage the ankle allowing it to heal.  This is accomplished by taking the extra steps, such as using crutches, to protect the ankle.  


When you come in for your appointment, the first thing we will do is take an x-ray of your ankle.  This will help us determine that you indeed do have a sprain and not a fracture, which may require a completely different strategy.  After diagnosing the ankle sprain, we will advise you on a brace that will restrict your ankle’s movements.  


Restricting Ankle Movement


An ankle brace is one of the most important tools a person can have when recovering from a sprain because it restricts ankle movement, which makes it virtually impossible to further damage the ankle.  Next, we will check your footwear.  Inadequate footwear are one of the main causes of foot pain and if you are wearing improper shoes, they will only hinder your recovery.  


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have a Sun City podiatry and a Scottsdale podiatry location for you to choose from.  Most ankle sprains heal in a 4 to 6 week time frame but once healed, it is crucial to re-strengthen the ankle using foot exercises. 


Even though the ankle is healed, it is still extremely weak and cannot support the body’s weight and balance.  Any little misstep can cause the ankle to roll or twist again leaving you with another 6 weeks of recovery. 


Schedule Your Consultation Today!

The first step is schedule your appointment and understand both the severity of the sprain and how to heal it.  

Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation with Dr. Michael Stegman today!


By Michael Stegman