Did you sprain your ankle? Ankle sprains are common injuries, often causes when the ankle is forced to bend more than normal. Ankle sprains are often very painful and incapacitating. If properly treated, your ankle sprain will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Family Foot and Ankle Center in Reston/Herndon, Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke and McLean/Great Falls, VA, offers treatments for ankle sprains. Here's how to treat ankle sprains.
1. Rest your ankle.
All ankle sprains require a period of rest. The length of time will depend on your grade of sprain. Your foot doctor can help you with a timeline. Resting your ankle will allow the healing process to begin. Stay off your feet most of the time and gently exercise your ankle regularly to avoid stiffness. Avoid strenuous activites, such as jumping and running, until you can walk without it causing any pain.
2. Elevate your ankle.
Keeping your ankle raised above the level of your chest for several days after injury. Elevation is important after an ankle injury as it helps to reduce the amount of blood flow to the injured area. This helps to reduce the bruising, discomfort, and inflammation. Use some pillows to keep the area raised. Keep your foot elevated for a couple of hours per day until your ankle stops swelling.
3. Ice your ankle.
Ice treatment can help reduce swelling and pain. To make an ice pack, fill a plastic bag with ice. Put an ice pack on your injured ankle for 10 minutes every 2 hours. Wrap an elastic bandage around the ice pack to hold it in place. 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 doctor before applying ice.
4. Compress your ankle.
Apply a firm compression bandage from the toes to above the ankle. Wrapping your ankle may be the best way to avoid swelling and bruising. Wrap the compression bandage around your ankle and foot, and secure it with medical tape. Make sure the bandage does not make your pain worse or restrict blood flow to your toes. Do combine rest and elevation with compression whenever possible.
5. Take a pain reliever.
If you have severe pain, a narcotic pain reliever will make you feel better. An over-the-counter pain reliever may also help reduce your pain and inflammation. Most doctors recommend anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen. You can also take acetaminophen for pain, although this medicine does not reduce swelling. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
6. See a podiatrist in Reston/Herndon, Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke and McLean/Great Falls.
If you have an ankle sprain, see a podiatrist for a full evaluation. Podiatrists can diagnose and treat ankle sprains. Your podiatrist may order x-rays to determine if you have a broken bone in your ankle. You may receive an ankle brace to keep your ankle from moving and allow ligaments to heal. Your podiatrist will also give you medications to reduce discomfort and swelling. Once you can bear weight without increased pain, strengthening exercises will be added to your treatment plan.
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