Are you currently suffering from ankle pain, swelling, bruising or a limited range of motion? If so, a sprained ankle may be to blame. A very common injury, ankle sprains send people to see a podiatrist such as Michael H.Dershowitz, DPM, D.A.B.F.A.S., F.A.C.F.A.S. and Floyd Miller, DPM at Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix every year.
Sprained ankles aren’t just painful. They have the potential to also cause long-term problems if you don’t seek the necessary treatment right away. Here are five suggestions your Phoenix podiatrist is likely to recommend.
Whether your ankle is badly sprained or simply painful, rest is essential for preventing the injury from worsening and for allowing it to heal. Sit or lay with your foot elevated as much as possible and use crutches when moving around if necessary.
A special compression sock or ankle brace can help ease the pain and promote healing. Not only do these products stabilize and support the affected area to allow for faster healing, but they can help keep the swelling under control as well.
For a badly swollen ankle, a compression product may be more painful than helpful at first. Reduce the swelling and relieve your pain by icing the area, either with an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel or with a bag of frozen vegetables. A cold bath can help as well.
NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) such as ibuprofen not only help to block the swelling in the affected area, but they can help reduce your pain while your injury is healing as well. Be sure to follow the directions on the label and talk to your podiatrist at Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix if you have any questions.
5. A Visit to the Podiatrist
While most sprains do heal on their own with the help of the four sprained ankle treatments listed above, if the pain and swelling are severe or don’t begin to lessen over time, you’ll likely want to visit a podiatrist for an official diagnosis and treatment plan. One possible treatment option is noninvasive, painless laser therapy, which has been found to be very effective for both acute and chronic ankle injuries. In some rare cases more extensive treatments such as surgery or physical therapy may be necessary. Your podiatrist will be able to offer you additional information about these treatments if they are needed.
If you think you may have a sprained ankle, don’t keep walking on it, hoping for the best. Follow the steps listed above and be sure to call your podiatrist at Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix if you have any questions or concerns.