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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.
For people who are involved in sports, it comes with the territory that there is always the risk of an injury. Of course, it isn’t always possible to prevent injuries, but there are quite a few interventions you can take to decrease the chances of sustaining one of the many types of injuries that frequently affect athletes, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and ankle sprains and strains.
Ways to avoid injuries while playing sports
- Proper warm-up—Many injuries are caused and exacerbated by not properly warming up before exercise. Gently stretching your muscles, tendons, and ligaments before vigorous exercise begins will help avoid a multitude of injuries.
- Correct footwear—Always use footwear for the specific sport in which you will be participating and be certain to have properly fitted shoes with right arch and heel support for your foot type. The proper combination of these elements is essential for adequate shock absorption and weight distribution.
- Get regular exercise —You are much less likely to sustain a debilitating injury if you exercise consistently and increase your workout intensity over time rather than doing an intense workout only once in a while.
- Custom orthotic inserts—Foot deformities including flat feet, overpronation, high arches, hammertoes, and bunions can be treated with specially designed inserts that remove sources of rubbing and pressure.
- Proper cooling down—Proper cooling down is just as important as proper warming up. Decelerating your exercise gradually towards the end of your workout is essential to aiding your tired muscles and tendons to recover and rehydrate, so drink plenty of water.
- Don’t exercise if you are injured—If you have the sensation of severe or excessive pain and discomfort during or after exercise, your body is trying to tell you that something isn’t quite right and that you should stop exercising and see your foot doctor to find out what is wrong.
If despite your best efforts, you have suffered a sports injury, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing excellent diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!