Ankle sprains can occur when the ligaments in your ankle are pulled beyond their natural limits for a variety of reasons. They can happen suddenly and can be problematic for those who are on their feet a lot throughout the day. When an ankle sprain involves tears or overstretching of the ligaments, the ankle can swell and result in intense discomfort. The majority of sprains heal quickly, but some take months depending on how much damage the sprain has caused. This damage can be severe enough to temporarily hinder mobility. Proper medical treatment and ankle support can help prevent future ankle sprains.
What to do when you sprain your ankle:
● Consult with a podiatrist for an assessment.
● Get long periods of rest to speed up healing.
● Use cold therapy to reduce inflammation and pain.
● Keep the ankle elevated to reduce swelling.
● Provide stability to the ankle by wrapping it and compressing it.
● Use foot support devices such as braces, orthotics, and splints to keep the damaged ligaments in one position so that they can heal.
● Refrain from playing sports or participating in any other competitive events while healing from an ankle sprain.
● Strengthen the ankle with physical therapy and stretching.
Is your ankle sprain severe? Does your ankle feel different since your injury? It may be time to see a foot doctor for an assessment.
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Here at Foot Care Specialists, PC, our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, can assist with providing you with the best podiatry services in the Boston area to take care of your ankle sprain. If you want to recover from injuries properly and optimize your foot health, contact us or book an appointment today. We serve the Quincy (South Shore, Boston, Metro West area) and Dedham (Boston, Metro West), Massachusetts areas. We look forward to serving you.