Treat Ankle Sprains Properly to Prevent Chronic Problems

A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries seen by foot doctors. While athletes and exercise fanatics may be more susceptible to ankle sprains, they often occur during everyday activities like crossing the street and tripping over the curb while staring at your phone.

The full weight of your body coming down on your ankle joint as it rolls to the side causes severe stretching and tearing of tendons and tissues with pain, swelling, bruising, and bleeding often the result. Treating ankle sprains promptly and properly will help avoid chronic problems in the future.

Comprehensive treatments for ankle sprains to prevent future problems include the following:

  • Rest, Icing, Compression, and Elevation (RICE)—The rice protocol is indicated for many feet and ankle injuries including sprains and strains. Resting the foot elevated above the heart while applying ice and compression therapy will allow the initial trauma to subside.
  • Immobilize the foot and take the weight off—A specially made stiff plastic boot will hold the ankle joint together and allow you to put some weight on the foot, but crutches may also be necessary.
  • Physical therapy exercises—Healing a damaged ankle joint properly will require many weeks and possibly months, with the slow introduction of specific physical therapy exercises to strengthen the joint before engaging in more rigorous activities.

For extreme ankle sprains and fractures, reconstructive surgery to repair any damaged ligaments and bones may be necessary.

You should always treat even seemingly minor ankle sprains seriously and seek the help of your foot doctor since improper treatment can lead to incomplete healing, leaving the ankle more susceptible to future injury and chronic instability. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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