What Should You Do If You Sprain Your Ankle?

Have you sprained your ankle? First and foremost, it’s important to determine the severity of your ankle sprain. If you’re experiencing severe pain, difficulty putting weight on your foot, or if your ankle is visibly deformed, you should seek medical attention right away. This is especially important if you suspect you may have broken a bone.

If your ankle is simply swollen and painful, but not severely so, you can try some initial steps at home to help reduce swelling and discomfort. The acronym RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate) is a helpful way to remember the key elements of initial treatment for a sprained ankle.

R.I.C.E

  • Rest: Avoid putting weight on your injured ankle as much as possible. This will help reduce inflammation and encourage healing.
  • Ice: Applying an ice pack to your ankle can help reduce swelling and numb pain. Wrap the ice pack in a towel before applying it to your skin to avoid skin damage. Ice your ankle for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
  • Compress: Using an elastic bandage to wrap your ankle can help reduce swelling by applying pressure to the area. Be careful not to wrap it too tightly, as this can cause circulation problems.
  • Elevate: Keeping your foot elevated above the level of your heart can also help reduce swelling. Prop your foot up on a pillow or use a recliner chair to keep your ankle elevated while you rest.

It’s also a good idea to take over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, to help reduce swelling and discomfort. Just be sure to follow the recommended dosage instructions.

If you’ve sprained your ankle, you may have damaged one or more of the ligaments that help stabilize your ankle. These ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect the bones of your ankle and foot. When you twist your ankle, the ligaments can stretch or tear, resulting in pain and swelling. In most cases, a sprained ankle will heal on its own with rest and proper treatment.

Visit your Podiatrist for your Sprained Ankle

If your ankle is still swollen and painful after a few days, or  you’re unable to put weight on it, you should consider seeking medical attention. A podiatrist or doctor can assess your injury and provide additional treatment, such as a CAM Boot to help you walk, or exercises to help restore movement and strength to your ankle.

It’s important to follow your podiatrist’s recommendations for treatment and recovery to ensure that your ankle heals properly. This may include wearing a supportive brace, using crutches to take weight off your ankle, and performing exercises to stretch and strengthen your ankle muscles.

In most cases, a sprained ankle will heal within a few weeks to a few months, depending on the severity of the injury. With proper care and treatment, you can help ensure that your ankle heals properly and you can get back to your normal activities as soon as possible. So, if you twist your ankle, be sure to follow the RICE protocol and seek medical attention if necessary to help speed up your recovery.

At TFC Podiatry, we stock CAM Boots and help a lot of patients recover from their sprained ankle injury. Proper recovery is important in order to prevent further, more severe damage to the ligaments. If you are worried about your sprained ankle,  book in your initial consultation with us today. We have clinics in Avondale Heights, Yarraville, and Point Cook.

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