Treatment For Your Ankle
After an ankle sprain, you will immediately want to lie down, elevate your foot, and ice your ankle. This will help to decrease the inflammation, which amplifies the amount of pain a person experiences in the first few days after a sprain. Icing your ankle two to three times per day for fifteen minutes is recommended. You can also take anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce pain and inflammation.
The goal after an ankle sprain is to prevent any further damage to the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and tissues surrounding the ankle. To do this, if you cannot walk around without pain after you ice your ankle, wear crutches until you can safely walk around without pain. The next step is to always wear a restrictive ankle brace. This is a person’s best friend after a sprain because it makes it virtually impossible for someone to damage their ankle.
Next, it is time to schedule an appointment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists. You can either visit our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office locations and a podiatrist will first give you an x-ray to determine that you have a sprain and not a fracture. Once we know for sure, we can proceed with treatment and advice. Ankle sprains usually take around six weeks to heal but only if it doesn’t incur further damage.
How To Avoid Re-Injuring Your Ankle
Ankle sprains are an injury that is extremely easy to re-injure. Many times I see patients that have had an ankle sprain, waited patiently six week for the sprain to heel only to re-sprain the ankle while walking around a day or so later.
This type of problem is called a chronic ankle sprain and the reason why this occurs is because after a sprain heel, the ankle and it’s surrounding ligaments, tendons, and muscles are still extremely weak. They cannot support either the balance of weight of the body and so any little misstep causing them to roll.
This is why some form of rehabilitation is needed to finish off the healing process of an ankle sprain or a person is at an extreme risk for another sprain. This can be done through physical therapy or through home exercises that are recommended by a professional.
To heal an ankle sprain, come in to see one of our foot doctors who can provide both the treatment and advice you will need. We guarantee that with our help you will only have to go through the recovery process once.
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By John Erotas