How To Treat An Ankle Sprain


A Guide For Ankle Treatment


Ankle Sprains happen everyday and as a podiatrist, I help my patients implement effective strategies to heal their sprain quickly and make sure the ankle doesn't sprain again.  The worse thing that can happen is to spend weeks healing the ankle only to re-twist it and begin the healing process all over again.  


If you just sprained your ankle, the first thing to do is of course get off your ankle, elevate your foot, and put ice on it.  Icing your ankle 3 times a day for 15 minutes will reduce inflammation helping the ankle to sprain.  You can also take a pain reliever like ibuprofen (Tylenol, Advil, etc.) to reduce inflammation and help with pain. 


Protect Your Ankle


The entire aim of the first few weeks after a sprain is to prevent further damage to the ankle.  If you cannot walk, use crutches for the first few days after an injury.  Also, very importantly, buy an ankle brace that restricts the movements of the ankle.  An ankle brace makes sure the ankle cannot move from side to side and doing so, prevent further damage to the ligaments, tendons, and muscle tissue surrounding the ankle. 


If you have a black and blue, don’t worry.  This is par for the course with an ankle sprain and will heal up soon.  After a sprain, see one of our podiatrists at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  We will provide you advice on how to get better and well as specific treatment to help the sprain heal faster.  This may include custom orthotics, an ankle brace, and changing your footwear to support the foot’s movements throughout the day. 


After podiatry treatment and the ankle begins to heal, the next essential step is to re-strengthen the ankle.  With an ankle injury, the surrounding muscles are weakened.  They can no longer provide the balance and support of a healthy ankle.  


Any little misstep can cause a twist or a roll leading to chronic ankle sprains.  Re-strengthening the ankle will prevent another ankle sprain.  Exercises such as balancing on the Bosu ball help the ankle to build back it’s strength.


Schedule Your Consultation Today!


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have a Scottsdale podiatry office and a Sun City podiatry office both located in the Phoenix area.  We guarantee your satisfaction and we have helped our patients for over twenty years because they are confident that we can help them heal their foot condition and alleviate their foot pain. 


Give us a call at 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By John Erotas