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How to Treat Sprained Ankles
Most minor sprains can be properly managed through simple at-home treatment and care. Conservative treatment is typically the first line of defense against minor ankle and foot problems, including minor sprains. While more moderate to severe sprains will require more aggressive attention and treatment options, the RICE method is ideal for most ankle sprains. Here’s what RICE stands for:
No matter the severity of your sprain, your podiatrist will be the first to tell you to stay off the ankle and to rest as much as possible to give the ankle time to heal. If the sprain is more moderate or severe, your podiatrist may recommend wearing a protective boot or using crutches to help stabilize the foot and ankle and take pressure off the ankle while standing or walking.
Especially for the first 72 hours after an ankle injury, it’s a good idea to use ice as much as possible to reduce swelling and pain. Wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply to the ankle for up to 20 minutes at a time. You can continue to do this every few hours throughout the day.
Your podiatrist can also show you the proper way to wrap and bandage your ankle, which not only promotes proper circulation and blood flow to the area to aid in healing but also can provide additional support and stabilization for the ankle. It’s important to know how to properly wrap your ankle to make sure it’s providing the very best support and your podiatrist can easily show you how.
Whenever you at resting (which should be most of the day!), it’s a good idea to prop your injured ankle up above your heart to reduce inflammation and bruising. You should elevate your ankle for at least a couple of hours each day!
If you are in pain, over-the-counter NSAID pain relievers can be great for reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation. For more severe sprains, your podiatrist may prescribe something stronger. Patients with more moderate-to-severe sprains may require physical therapy and rehabilitation to help rebuild and strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the ankle.
Knowing you have a proper treatment plan in place can provide you with the peace of mind you need to know that your ankle will heal properly. Don’t ignore any foot or ankle injuries. Turn to your podiatrist right away for sprained ankles, or any other problems you may be facing.
Many different types of injuries are considered sports injuries. The term sports injury is rather broad and can encompass many different things. You don’t even have to be participating in a sport to get a sports injury. Although playing a sport is one of the most common ways to get this type of injury, other ways include accidents and poor training. If you do not warm up or stretch, wear the wrong gear, or do not know the rules, you are also more at risk for a sports injury.
What is classified as a sports injury?
- Achilles’ tendon injuries
- Pain of the shin
- Sprains and strains
- Knee injuries
- Swollen muscles
- Broken Bones
How can I tell if I have received a sports injury?
A sports injury typically occurs while playing, practicing or participating in a sport or related activity. These injuries can be due to moving the wrong way, trauma, or impact. Almost all sports injuries result in some sort of pain, swelling, or tenderness. It is important to treat these injuries immediately so that they can heal properly over time. Seek the help of a podiatrist immediately if you think you are suffering from a sports injury. The faster you obtain treatment, the better the prognosis.
What do I do if I have received a sports injury?
If your sports injury is severe you should call 911 immediately. If it is moderate and you are not in any life-threatening danger, then you should seek the help of a trained podiatrist or your primary care physician. While waiting for your appointment, it is best to use the RICE method to help with swelling, inflammation and pain:
Rest- reduce or stop your normal activities. You can do this by relieving pressure and weight from the affected area. Try lying or sitting down.
Ice- use an ice pack and place it on the injury for 20 minutes. Be sure to wrap it in a towel so that you do not harm yourself further. If you do not have an ice pack, a bag of frozen peas or a plastic bag of ice cubes also work well. Be sure to do this about 8 times a day, but never for longer than 20 minutes.
Compression- use even pressure on the injury to help reduce swelling. An Ace bandage, air cast or splint are optimal tools for this purpose.
Elevation- elevate your injured foot or ankle. Be sure that it is angled above your heart. This will also help reduce swelling.
Don’t have a podiatrist? Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help treat your sports injury and get you back on the field in no time. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.
Have you ever twisted your ankle while participating in a sport? Or maybe you simply slipped while walking? Either way, ankle sprains and fractures should not be ignored. Ankle sprains are common injuries that occur when ligaments are stretched or torn, with nearly 85% occurring laterally, or on the outside of the ankle joints. By visiting your podiatrist in Chandler , you can receive the care you need to get back on your feet.
Symptoms of a Sprained or Fractured Ankle
Your symptoms upon spraining your ankle may vary depending on the severity of your pain and how it occurred. The symptoms of an ankle sprain may include:
- Pain or soreness
- Difficulty walking
- Stiffness in the joint
All ankle sprains will produce some level of pain at the time of your injury and the joint will also feel tender, beginning to swell. If your sprain is mild, you may experience a slight loss in the function of your joint.
With a more serious sprain, you will most likely fall during the initial impact of the injury. It will often be difficult to move or put weight on your injured ankle, producing bruising and swelling from the ankle to the foot. Once you have had ankle sprains or other ankle injuries before, you may have a weakened joint that creates more of a chance for future injuries to take place.
Common symptoms of an ankle fracture are similar to ankle sprains, and include:
- Pain to touch
- Inability to walk on the leg
- Deformity around the ankle
Treatment and Prevention
Treatment for your ankle sprain begins with self-care. The RICE evaluation is highly recommended upon the initial onset of your injury:
When your podiatrist feels you are ready to begin participating in sports and exercising, you can help prevent further sprains and fractures by wearing an ankle brace during the first initial months of being back on your ankle. Special wraps are also available to protect your ankle.
If your symptoms still persist after taking the initial step of at-home-care, or if you suspect you might have a fracture, a visit to your Chandler podiatrist may be in order. With a consultation with Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC, your ankle sprain or fracture can be treated and further prevented. There is no need to put an end to your athletic lifestyle with recurring ankle injuries.