Ankle SprainsJune 15, 2016
Ankle Sprains are one of the most common types of foot injuries. Many people have experienced the pain of a sprained ankle in the past, and are not too eager to repeat the experience. Luckily, sprained ankles can heal relatively quickly, with help from a foot and ankle doctor.
What Is an Ankle Sprain?
An ankle sprain is an injury that occurs when the ligaments in the ankle become torn. Ankle sprains happen to many people, and can happen for many reasons, including sports injuries, accidents, slips, trips, falls, personal injuries, car accidents, occupational injuries and more. Many people who get sprained ankles find that their injury hurts, but sometimes the injured patient is able to put weight on the injury. Often the patient experiences swelling and bruising of the area.
How Can You Treat Ankle Sprains?
Many ankle sprains will heal on their own, however, the following techniques will help speed the healing time:
- Rest. The best thing you can do for a sprained ankle is stay off your feet. Keep your feet elevated so that your toes are above your nose. This will help control swelling and inflammation.
- Ice your ankle. This too can help control swelling and inflammation. Put an ice pack on your ankle every two or three hours for 15 minutes at a stretch.
- Compress the ankle. Compression of the ankle helps keep the joint stiff, which can give the muscle time to heal. Compression can also reduce inflammation.
- Physical therapy. Physical therapy consists of stretches and exercises that can help strengthen the muscle and restore it to its former abilities. Physical therapy doesn’t begin until you can walk on your ankle again.
- Sports rehabilitation. Sports rehabilitation is much like physical therapy in that its focus is on restoring strength, balance and coordination to the injured part of the body. During sports therapy sessions, you’ll also learn best practices for exercise, training and game play that to help you avoid future injury.
- Massage therapy. Massage therapy can restore blood flow to the injured part of the body and relax the muscle for optimal performance.
How Can You Prevent Ankle Sprains in the Future?
Many sprained ankles occur as the result of a lack of strength in the ankle, which can lead to accidents. During the recovery time, many ankles lose strength from lack of use. Following through with physical therapy or sports rehabilitation is one of the most important things you can do to prevent a reoccurrence of the injury, because these techniques restore the ankle to full strength.
If you’ve recently suffered a sprained ankle, getting proper treatment and rehabilitation for your injury is key to making a full recovery. At Anchorage Foot and Ankle, we treat ankle sprains and similar injuries on a daily basis and have the experience it takes to get you back on your feet. Contact us today for an appointment at 907-344-2155.