Have a sprained ankle? Ankle sprains are very common injuries. Ankle sprains occur when ligaments that connect the bones in the ankle, foot, and lower leg tear or stretch. If treated properly, your sprained ankle will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Dr. Howard Abramsohn at Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates in Moorestown, NJ, offers treatments for ankle sprains. Here's how to deal with a sprained ankle.
1. Rest your ankle.
All ankle sprains require a period of rest. The length of time will depend on your grade of sprain. Your Moorestown podiatrist can help you with a timeline. Avoid walking on your ankle as much as possible until the swelling goes down. If necessary, use crutches to help distribute your weight and keep your balance when you walk.
2. Elevate your ankle.
Elevation will help reduce bruising, pain, and swelling. Elevate your ankle above the level of your chest. Sit back or lie down and use a pillow or an ottoman to elevate your foot. Lying on a sofa with a pillow under your foot is better than sitting on a sofa with your foot on a foot stool. Keep your foot elevated for a few hours a day until your ankle stops swelling.
3. Ice your ankle.
Ice treatment can significantly reduce inflammation and pain. For the first 72 hours or until swelling goes down, apply a cold pack or ice pack for 20 minutes every 1 to 2 hours during the day. Don't ice your ankle more than 20 minutes at a time to avoid frostbite. If you have diabetes or circulation issues, talk to your podiatrist before applying ice.
4. Compress your ankle.
Compress your ankle with a compression bandage to help manage swelling. Wrap the bandage around your ankle and foot, and secure it with medical tape or metal fasteners. Be sure to remove the compression bandage when you are icing your ankle, and to reapply it after you remove the ice.
5. See a podiatrist.
Your podiatrist will diagnose your ankle sprain by performing an examination of your foot and ankle. Your podiatrist may order x-rays to rule out a broken bone in your ankle. Your podiatrist will give you medications to reduce pain and swelling. You may receive a brace to keep your ankle from moving. Once you can bear weight without increased pain, exercises to strengthen your foot will be added to your treatment plan.
Life always offers another chance to get back on track. It's called today. Call Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates at 856-234-5180 to schedule a consultation in Moorestown, NJ. We can help you achieve real relief with little expense or trouble. You have nothing to lose but your pain!