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By Premier Podiatry - East Cobb
December 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sprained ankle  

While it’s important to give your ankle the proper time to heal, here are some helpful tips that could get you back on your feet faster.

It’s estimated that about 25,000 Americans experience ankle sprains each day. Ankle sprains are so prevalent that it’s the cause of almost half of all sports-related injuries. If you are experiencing an ankle injury, you are mostly likely eager to get back in the game or just to be able to walk around your house without pain; however, it’s also important that you heal properly. Here are some ways you can aid in a speedier recovery when dealing with an ankle injury:

Rest

It’s important to stay off your foot whenever possible. However, if the pain you experience is too unbearable while just performing day-to-day tasks, you may want to use crutches. Crutches might sound miserable, but if you’re looking to heal faster, staying off your feet and not putting pressure on your ankle are surefire ways to promote efficient healing.

Ice

Especially if you are experiencing swelling after your ankle injury, you’ll want to apply ice packs for about 10 to 20 minutes every couple of hours throughout the day. This should be done for the first two to three days after being injured.

Protect

If you need to walk around and crutches just won’t do, then strongly consider getting a protective brace that will cushion and support your ankle. This can be especially helpful for the first couple of days after injury.

Medication

Opt for those trusty NSAIDs if you are experiencing inflammation and/or pain. Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen can help decrease swelling. Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, can also reduce ankle injury symptoms.

Elevate

When you are sitting still you should have your ankle propped up. However, you should also raise your ankle above your heart for at least two to three hours a day. This will help minimize swelling and bruising.

Compression

Wearing a compression wrap around your ankle will help reduce swelling. Just be sure not to wrap it too tightly. If you experience tingling or numbness these are signs that your compression wrapping is too tight and needs to be loosened. While these wraps can help with inflammation, they do not offer the ankle any support or protection. For this, you’ll want to consider a brace.

If you think you’ve injured your ankle, you may want to err on the side of caution and come in to visit our office to make sure the injury is only minor. If symptoms don’t go away or get worse, call us to schedule an appointment. Don’t let an ankle injury keep you from doing what you enjoy.

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