An ankle sprain is a sudden occurrence that can lead to lingering pain if you are not careful. Sprains happen as your ligaments stretch too far, causing damage to the way they support the bones of your feet.
If your ankle rolls in an unusual manner due to slipping, this can lead to significant pain. This may happen on an uneven surface or from an awkward landing when participating in sports. Your ankle joint is also referred to as the talocrural joint and is comprised of the shin bone, fibula and talus. The ankle is therefore a complicated structure that requires care and timely treatment to prevent long-term damage from occurring. An unstable ankle can lead to constant trouble for your foot and ankle health.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Keep your foot raised to prevent excess swelling.
- Try wrapping your ankle with bandaging to reduce inflammation. Compression will help to provide much-needed support to the soft tissue of your ankle.
- Use cold therapy such as ice to lower pain and swelling. Do this a few times during the day to ensure that your ligaments have the best chance of avoiding painful swelling.
- Rest your ankle as much as possible.
- Participate in physical therapy to strengthen your ankle ligaments for the future.
- Refrain from participating in highly competitive sports or any other activities that put high amounts of stress on your ankles in a short amount of time.
- Use support devices to assist with walking. This will help to reduce the amount of force that your ankle needs to bear while healing.
Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas have the experience to treat your ankle sprains with care and precision. Please contact us for an appointment today. Also, check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We know how expert podiatry services can provide lasting relief for your ankle pain