Ankle Sprain Treatment
How Long Does An Ankle Sprain Take To Heal?
Recovery from an ankle sprain can take up to 4 to 6 weeks depending on the severity of the sprain. If you experience severe pain and swelling after an ankle sprain or have lingering pain after a sprain, then it is important to have Dr. Silver evaluate it, diagnose the level of the sprain, and begin treatment to get you back to your regular activities as soon as possible.
What You May Experience With An Ankle Sprain:
- Bruising (black and blue)
- Pain, mild to severe
- Instability of the ankle with the ankle periodically “giving out”
- Difficulty walking and moving your ankle.
Initial Ankle Sprain Treatment:
There are a variety of treatments that can help reduce ankle swelling and repair stretched or torn ligaments.
1. Rest your ankle. Whenever you are experiencing pain, try to stay off of your feet as much as possible. This will give the ankle a chance to heal without creating extra damage.
2. Icing you ankle can reduce swelling and pain.
3. Elevate your ankle by reclining and propping the foot up with pillows to a level above the waist or heart.
4. Compression to restrict the ankle’s movement, keep swelling down, and reduce further damage.
5. Use crutches if necessary to take pressure off your ankle, especially if you have any difficulty walking on it without pain.
6. Stretching and strengthening exercises to rehabilitate the strength and balance of the ankle, once the pain and swelling have resolved.
The 3 Phases of Recovery from an Ankle Sprain:
Phase 1: Rest, ice, compression to keep swelling down, and elevation of the foot. Anti-inflammatory medication and an ankle immobilization brace may also be necessary.
Phase 2: Restoring the ankle’s range of motion, strength, and flexibility. This aspect is perhaps the most important yet often overlooked. Without some sort of rehabilitation, the ankle will remain weak and extremely vulnerable to rolling, twisting, and becoming re-sprained which is why many people suffer from chronic ankle sprains. By strengthening the ankle and focusing on balance, you give your ankle the ability to once again hold your body’s weight and maintain balance
Phase 3: Gradually returning to normal daily activities and able to put stress on your ankle without pain. You are only ready for this phase when you have no pain when walking, running or exercising.
When To See Doctor Silver?
If you experience pain, swelling and/or difficulty walking, then you need to see Dr. Silver right away. By proper evaluation and treatment, you can help avoid long-term complications, pain and chronic ankle sprains. It is also important to have an x-ray and/or diagnostic ultrasound of your ankle, and if necessary an MRI, to rule out a torn ligament or fracture.
When Will I Feel Better?
Every ankle sprain is different, depending on the extent of damage. The key to getting better is to lay off athletic activities until you know it is healed. Your body can only heal an injury so fast, but you can certainly prolong the healing time or cause chronic damage by not listening to your body and returning to strenuous activities too soon.
The Westwood Foot Clinic: Book An Appointment Today!
At the Westwood Foot Clinic we work hard to help get you back to regular activities after an injury such as a bad sprain. We are centrally located in Golden Valley, MN and cater to all the surrounding areas including Minneapolis, St. Paul, New Hope, Plymouth, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Crystal.
We are experienced in treating foot and ankle injuries and certain that we can help you too! To schedule treatment for an ankle sprain or other injury, click here or call 763-23-2341 now! Same and next day appointments are often available.