What your doctors in Reston, Fairfax, Ashburn and McLean want you to know
You don’t have to play sports to sprain your ankle. You can sprain your ankle just from moving incorrectly or stepping off of the sidewalk. As you get older, your muscles, tendons and ligaments become weaker, making you less agile and more susceptible to an ankle sprain.
Your doctors at Family Foot and Ankle Center want to share their knowledge about caring for a sprained ankle. They have offices in Reston, Fairfax, Ashburn and McLean, VA, to help you.
Unexpected movements while you are exercising, walking or playing sports can cause you to twist your ankle. Some of the more common sports to cause ankle sprains include:
There are some definite signs and symptoms of an ankle sprain which you need to pay attention to. You may have experienced an ankle sprain if you feel these changes in your ankle:
- Severe pain
- Bruising, swelling and tenderness
- A popping sound when you move unexpectedly
- Uncontrolled movement of your ankle
- Feeling instability in your ankle
- You can try to treat the ankle sprain yourself by following a few simple home remedies including:
- Taking the weight off of your ankle by resting it
- Elevating your ankle during the first 48 hours
- Applying ice for 20-30 minutes several times each day
- Wrapping your ankle to support it
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications
For many ankle sprains, it’s best to visit your podiatrist who may recommend:
- Immobilization by wearing a brace or walking cast for a few weeks
- Using crutches for the first few days
- Training and balance exercises to improve stability
- Physical therapy to increase mobility and reduce stiffness
You don’t have to suffer from an ankle sprain when help is just a phone call away. If you have a sprained ankle, it’s time to call your doctors at Family Foot and Ankle Center. They have several convenient office locations in Reston, Fairfax, Ashburn and McLean, VA, to help you care for your ankle sprain. Call (703) 556-8637 today!