An ankle sprain is an injury that develops when your turn, twist, roll, or weirdly fall on your ankle. When this happens, your ankle can tear or stretch through the ligaments keeping your anklebones in their proper places. The treatment for an ankle sprain is dependent on the injury’s severity. The goals of treatment include decreasing swelling and pain, encouraging healing of affected parts, and restoring the ankle’s full function.
In this light, an extensive assessment by your podiatrist, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, or Dr. Philip Watkins, here at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers is necessary. This assessment in our St. Clair Shores, Warren, or Macomb MI office will reveal the severity of the sprain to determine the most suitable treatment, which might involve a combination of these:
Do the R.I.C.E. treatment method for two to three days. This entails:
- Resting and refraining from doing anything that could cause your ankle discomfort, swelling, or pain.
- Icing the affected ankle through an ice bath or application of ice pack for at least 15 minutes every two or three hours.
- Compressing the ankle using an elastic bandage to keep swelling in check.
- Elevating the ankle, particularly at night to decrease swelling.
OTC Pain Relievers
Oftentimes, OTC pain meds like acetaminophen, naproxen sodium, or ibuprofen are adequate for managing pain and inflammation of an ankle sprain. Talk to your St. Clair Shores, Warren, or Macomb MI podiatrist if your pain worsens.
Because moving around with an ankle sprain is uncomfortable, sometimes even painful, you might have to use crutches until your pain passes. Based on the results of your evaluation in our St. Clair Shores, Warren, or Macomb MI office, your podiatrist might recommend that you wear an ankle brace, sports tape, or elastic bandage to stabilize and support your ankle. If your sprain is severe, you may need to wear a walking boot or cast to immobilize your ankle as your tendon heals.
When your pain and swelling has eased enough that you can resume moving your ankle, you may need to undergo physical therapy to restore the stability, range of motion, flexibility, and strength of your ankle. Stability and balance exercises are particularly crucial for retraining your muscles and help prevent the recurrence of injury.
Surgery is only recommended if the ankle sprain doesn’t heal correctly or remains unstable after rehabilitative exercises and physical therapy.
For More Details or Advice on Ankle Sprains, Call Us
Arrange a visit with one of our podiatrists here at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, or Dr. Philip Watkins. You can reach our St. Clair Shores MI office at (586) 779-6140, Macomb MI office at (586) 416-3668, and Warren MI office at (586) 756-3338.