Sprained ankles are never fun. We often associate this type of injury with athletes or other types of people that put extreme strain on the ankles, but the truth is that sprained ankles can occur during everyday activities, too. Things we often do without thinking, like wearing ill-fitting shoes or walking on uneven surfaces can create tiny tears in the fibrous material that makes up your ankle ligaments. And even bad as sprained ankles can hurt, our lives are often so busy that we decide to push through the pain and avoid practicing simple, at-home remedies or seeing a podiatrist. Letting a sprained ankle go untreated, your ankle will never return to its original, stable state. This means you’ll be more susceptible to ankle sprains in the future. Break out of the vicious cycle by following these simple tips for treating and preventing ankle sprains.
Recognizing that you’ve sprained your ankle is the first step to healing it. Sprained ankles are caused by unnatural twisting motions that that strain the lateral ligaments of the ankle. If you feel your ankle make a move that doesn’t feel right, be on the lookout for:
Inability to support weight on ankle (this will only happen in severe instances)
As soon as you notice any of these symptoms, you’ll need to get off your feet right away as continuing to exert your ankle will only worsen the injury. Once you’re resting you should:
Elevate the hurt ankle – this helps evacuate any excess liquids in the area and reduce swelling
Grab some ice – apply an ice pack or submerge your ankle in an icy bath for about 20 minutes at a time every two to three hours
Wrap it up – compressing your hurt ankle in an elastic bandage will also bring the swelling down and allow the healing to begin
In the days following your injury, it’s very important to continue avoiding any risky activities that may worsen your sprain. Failure to treat your sprained ankle in time can result in arthritis or other chronic ankle pain that may require surgery. Your safest bet is to visit your podiatrist as soon as possible to determine the best course of treatment for you. Our board-certified doctors will assess your injury and help you heal as quickly as possible. Our offices are conveniently located all over North Houston and the surrounding area, including Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. Make an appointment today to take care of your sprained ankle once and for all.