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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


Podiatry Treatment


Sustaining an ankle sprain is a minor injury but without proper treatment can become a chronic condition.  Due to the weakness of an ankle after a sprain, it is key to follow a precise treatment plan.  Many people spend six weeks healing their ankle only to re-roll it again after a simple misstep. 


Ankle sprains normally take six weeks to heal.  During your visit at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we first take an x-ray to determine the severity of the sprain.  We want to make sure that you do have a sprain and not a fracture.  This is why seeing a podiatrist at either our Sun City or Scottsdale podiatry office is important to properly diagnose the injury. 


The first thing you should do after a sprain is lie down, elevate your foot, and ice your ankle.  Icing decreases inflammation, which decreases pain and increases ankle mobility.  It is good to ice your ankle at least twice a day for the first week after the sprain.


Protect Your Ankle! 


The key to treating the ankle is preventing further ankle damage.  If you cannot walk after your sprain, make sure to use crutches for the first few days.  Preventing further injury will help your ankle to heal quicker because it may not be as severe as first anticipated.  


Another essential ingredient to healing an ankle sprain is a restrictive ankle brace.  An ankle brace prevents much of the ankle’s mobility meaning that it cannot easily move and sustain further damage.  


During your visit, we will discuss both the best brace for you as well as footwear.  My goal as a podiatrist is to make sure your ankle heals without sustaining further injury.  Many people who do not see a podiatrist for an ankle sprain end up injuring their ankle multiple times prolonging the recovery process by weeks or months. 


After your ankle has had several weeks to heal, it is time to re-strengthen the ankle.  This is the greatest thing you can do for your ankle after it has some time to heal.  During this period, your ankle is extremely weak but you are able to walk on it.  Many people just begin walking and forget about a physical therapy to re-strengthen their ankle.


Unfortunately, this is one of the main causes of chronic ankle sprains.  The ankle is too weak to maintain the balance and weight of the body.  Only through strengthening exercises can it learn to handle to body’s weight. 

We guarantee that we can help you recover from an ankle sprain and guide you toward a fully recovery.  


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By Michael Stegman


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. 


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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

How To Heal An Ankle Sprain The Right Way



Ankle Sprains are extremely common because any simple misstep can cause the ankle to roll or twist.  The key to treatment is to prevent any further damage from occurring.  During any ankle sprain, the ligaments and tendons in the ankle may partially tear but if you follow the right advice, you can most likely heal your ankle sprain fully in 4 to 6 weeks. 


The first thing to do is of course get off of your feet and ice it.  Elevate your ankle while icing and ice your ankle 3 times a day for 15 minutes.  This will decrease inflammation and accelerate the repair of your ankle.  


If you have extreme pain and cannot walk without tremendous pain, it is best to use crutches for the first few days, especially before you come into my office for a visit.  The next step then is to schedule an appointment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  


At my office, we will provide you with an x-ray to determine the severity of the injury and make sure that the ankle is not fractured.  Once we know that the ankle is in fact sprained, we can go on to treat this problem accordingly.  You will also receive advice by me as a licensed and experienced podiatrist on what you need to do to heal your ankle as fast as possible.  


Restricting Ankle Movements 


For example, one thing that is necessary as treatment is an ankle brace.  Ankle braces restrict any loose movements of the ankle and thereby, make it extremely difficult to further injure the ankle.  I will also check your footwear to make sure that it is supporting your feet and treatment and not actively harming you.  


Other than seeing a podiatrist and wearing an ankle brace, another crucial part of recovery is the rehabilitation period.  In this period, you should re-strengthen the ankle.  Right now because of the injury, the ankle is weak and so are the surrounding muscles.  Again, the ligaments and tendons are most likely partially torn and because of this, cannot support your body’s weight and movements. 


Once the ligaments and tendons are healed, they will still be weak and unable to support your body’s weight.  This means that any little misstep can easily cause another sprain and you will have to endure another 4 to 6 weeks of the healing process.  


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At our office, either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office, we make sure this doesn’t happen and that the chances of you injuring your ankle again are extremely low.  We guarantee our patients satisfaction, which is why we have had a loyal following for over 20 years.  


Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By Michael Stegman