It seems like everyone has sprained an ankle at one time or another. Some of us are fortunate enough to literally just walk away with merely a twinge of pain and a slight limp that subsides after a few days of rest and recuperation. Other sprains can be much more severe, since the excessive force usually absorbed by your ankle’s industrial complex is instead released into an overstretched or torn tendon, resulting in bruising, swelling, and extreme pain, most especially upon weight bearing.
Treatment for ankle sprains
During the first several days, even what may appear to be a severe ankle sprain will respond very well to the RICE method—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. If you need to get back on your feet immediately, a rigid walking boot can provide the necessary immobilization while healing occurs.
Preventing sprained ankles
The importance of properly fitted shoes can never be underestimated when it comes to foot and ankle care. A good pair of supportive shoes that are appropriate for the activity you are performing is essential to preventing foot and ankle injuries. Another thing to keep in mind is that a poorly treated ankle sprain that goes without the appropriate healing and rehabilitation exercises is just asking for a new sprain to occur.
So don’t go it alone. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.