Ankle sprains and strains are among the most common injuries treated by podiatrists, but many people underestimate the seriousness of an initial injury and fail to take the appropriate steps to ensure complete healing and to avoid future complications.
It is important to always treat ankle strains and sprains promptly to avoid the development of chronic ankle instability, which can occur when an ankle is repeatedly injured without healing properly in between injuries. Optimum healing of a severe ankle sprain can take months and requires initial immobilization, followed by slow and careful strengthening. This is done using physical therapy exercises.
Oftentimes an ankle sprain is accompanied by a hairline fracture, which is all the more reason to have a complete evaluation performed by your podiatrist to make sure you are getting the correct diagnosis and treatment.
Methods to treat and avoid ankle sprains include the following:
- Start slowly with any new exercise program —Start a new exercise program gradually. Foot and ankle injuries tend to happen when you are too enthusiastic at the beginning before your muscles and joints have had time to adjust and strengthen.
- Perform flexibility and strengthening exercises— A variety of strength and flexibility exercises can be performed to slowly increase ankle health with a much lower risk of future injury. See your foot doctor for help in creating a regimen that is right for you.
If your ankle sprain isn’t significantly improving after a few days of rest, ice, compression, and elevation, see your foot care professional. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!