Proper treatment is the key to avoiding chronic pain and complications after an ankle sprain. Fortunately, your Chandler, AZ, podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Care offer the care you need to get back on your feet.
What causes ankle sprains?
The bones in your ankle joint are held together by bands of tough tissue called ligaments. Sprains occur if you stretch or tear the ligaments by twisting or rolling your ankle. Foot doctors divide sprains into three categories. Grade 1 sprains are caused by stretched ligaments and tend to heal fairly quickly. Grade 2 and 3 sprains are more serious injuries that happen when the ligament tears.
You'll probably experience pain the moment you sprain your ankle. Soon after, the ankle may swell and begin to bruise. If the sprain is severe, you may not be able to put any weight on the ankle.
How can I treat my sprained ankle at home?
The RICE method can help you recover from your sprain. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Staying off your ankle as much as possible will enhance healing and prevent the worsening of your injury. Ice and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, can ease pain and swelling. Wrapping the ankle with a compression bandage for the first 24 to 48 hours after your injury and elevating your foot will also reduce swelling.
When should I call my Chandler foot doctor?
In many cases, sprained ankles start to feel better within a week or two. If your ankle doesn't get better, is very painful, or you can't put any pressure on the ankle, it's a good idea to pay a visit to your podiatrist.
Your foot doctor may recommend that you wear a walking boot and use crutches for a while. These devices decrease pressure on your ankle, which can improve healing. You may also benefit from physical therapy. Therapy strengthens the muscles that support your ankle, improves balance and range of motion, and reduces the likelihood that you'll reinjure your ankle. If your ankle is unstable and other treatments aren't helpful, surgery may be needed to repair the ligaments.
Are you suffering from pain or other ankle sprain symptoms? Call (480) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment with your podiatrists in Chandler, AZ, at Family Foot & Ankle Care.