Prevent Further Injury
Suffering an ankle sprain is often a shock because it usually isn’t a severe injury but just enough to keep you immobile. Now, as a podiatrist, one of the main focuses I tell my patients to have is that there are two stages to healing an ankle sprain: the actual healing of the sprain and the rehabilitation of the sprain. Both are equally important and in this post, I’ll explain why and how to go about quickly healing your sprain.
Most sprains take around 6 weeks to heal. The first step after a sprain is just to get off your ankle, elevate your foot and ice it. Ice your ankle 3 times a day for fifteen minutes for the first week until inflammation has subsided. The decrease in inflammation will help the ankle to heal faster.
Also, if you can’t walk without pain, use crutches until you can. The goal of sprain repair is to do whatever it takes not to further damage your ankle as this will only prolong the healing process. Once you can walk on your ankle with little to no pain, use an ankle brace until your ankle is fully healed.
An ankle brace is crucial to treating an ankle sprain because it restricts the movement of the ankle going making it virtually impossible to further damage the ligaments, tendons, and muscles around the ankle.
Make sure to come in for an office visit at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists to see on of our podiatrists. It is vital to take an x-ray of your ankle to ensure that you did not fracture your ankle but only sprain it. This way we will know how to treat it and if you did fracture it, there will be a completely different path toward healing.
Now, if you do have black and blues surrounding your ankle, don’t worry. This is completely normal. Again, it will take about 6 weeks to heal and once healed, you will have an equally important job to do in regards to healing the ankle.
Re-Strengthen Ankle Weakness
Rehabilitation of the ankle prevents a re-sprain and chronic re-sprains that commit the patient to a long period of injury. Because the ankle is extremely weak after a sprain, any simple, little mister can cause the ankle to roll or twist and you will have to undergo another six weeks of healing. Physical Therapy will be helpful at this point.
The first step is to determine the extent of your sprain by getting an x-ray. Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors.