A severe ankle sprain usually involves swelling and a bad black and blue. For an ankle sprain, one of the first things that you should do is come in for an X-ray. An X-ray determines that you have an ankle sprain and not a worse injury such as a fracture. It is important to know exactly what type of injury one is dealing with in order to treat the condition promptly and accurately.
At home, there are several things that you can do before seeing a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists. Firstly, get off and rest your ankle. One of the most important things that you can do is provide an atmosphere where no more injury will occur to the ankle. This includes resting the ankle to prevent further injury.
If you cannot walk on your ankle without debilitating pain, please use crutches. You will most likely only need crutches for a few days but they will help your ankle heal during the first few critical days of recovery. The name of the game is preventing further injury as well as creating the conditions of healing.
The next strategy you will want to implement to rapidly accelerate the recovery of the ankle is to decrease swelling. Take anti-inflammatory medication and ice the ankle at least 3 times a day for 20 minutes.
Another very important strategy to heal an ankle sprain is to wear a compression ankle brace. An ankle brace restricts the movement of the ankle preventing the ligament and tendon tissue from further tears. The ankle brace is perhaps the number one way to prevent further injury in the weeks after an ankle sprain.
If you have an ankle sprain, make sure to visit a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, where either Dr. Michael Stegman or Dr. John Erotas can provide a full examination of your ankle and advice on treatment. Our podiatrists will not only put you on the right path of recovery but provide advice on how not to re-injure the ankle. The last thing that you want to do is have the ankle healing after a few weeks and then re-injure having to start the whole process over again.
After a few weeks of healing, physical therapy is the best known method to rehabilitate the ankle and prevent future ankle sprains as the ankle is very weak after an injury. Because the muscles and ligaments have been torn, the ankle cannot support the body's weight and balance as well. Strengthening the ankles for several weeks greatly reduce the chances of a re-roll and many more weeks of waiting out the injury.
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By John Erotas