Eagle Mountain Sprained Ankle Treatment

Acute ankle sprains are among the most common musculoskeletal injuries in the United States, with an estimated 25,000 occurring daily and 2 million occurring annually.

An ankle sprain occurs when one or more ligaments in the ankle are torn or stretched, resulting in pain, swelling, or difficulty when walking.

Many individuals try to treat ankle injuries themselves and do not seek medical advice; however, if an ankle sprain causes severe pain and swelling, it is crucial to see a doctor or physical therapist. If not treated promptly, a severely injured ankle may morph into a chronic injury and could lose its stability and range of motion, causing a lifetime of pain, swelling, and discomfort. 

Eagle Mountain Sprained Ankle Treatment

It is time to get treated

Say goodbye to ankle pain

Because of the pressures of everyday life, there are many reasons for a sprained ankle to come out of nowhere.

Although we may think that we can completely heal the problem ourselves, sometimes we need to see someone who knows the ins and outs of a sprained ankle.

Our foot doctors are trained to the highest degree and are ready to help you with your sore ankle. We want you to walk out feeling great and confident that you can accomplish anything!

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Our friendly, certified doctors are ready to help you with your foot dilemma. Schedule an appointment and see why we have the best doctors in Eagle Mountain!

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How Long Should It Take

for a Sprained Ankle to Heal?

There are three grades of sprained ankles:

A grade one ankle sprain occurs when you stretch and cause some damage to the fibers of the ligament. Symptoms include stiffness in the ankle joint, pain in the ankle when you apply pressure to

it, and slight instability in the ankle. Full recovery can take up to 1 to 3 weeks.

A Grade two ankle sprain occurs when you tear some ligaments in the ankle. Symptoms include bruising, stiffness, mild to severe swelling, and a higher level of ankle instability. Full recovery can take up to 3 to 6 weeks.

A grade three ankle sprain occurs when you completely tear the ligaments, which causes the joint to become nonfunctional. Symptoms include serious instability in the joint, excessive bruising, severe swelling, and significant pain after the injury. Full recovery can take several months.

Mild sprains can be treated at home. However, if you suspect that you have a severe sprain, you need to visit a doctor immediately. Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute can help alleviate your pain. Our sports medicine doctors can successfully treat ankle sprains and get you started on a treatment plan that aims to reduce pain and swelling, promote healing of the ligament, and restore the function of the ankle.   

Healing is a Process

We will walk you through your treatment

We understand that every sprained ankle is different. Every patient seeking help can rest assured that they will get the customized treatment they need for their specific situation.

We create a comfortable atmosphere, destined for success. Our patients are amazed at the kindness and attention that they experience from our doctors.

We want you to feel good in our office and we do that through our customer service.

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Do Not Let a Sprained Ankle

Stop You From Performing Your daily activities

If your sprain is not responding to self-care strategies, Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute can help. Our doctors will examine your ankle, lower leg, and foot; move your foot to determine which positions cause pain or discomfort; recommend an x-ray because x-rays send radiation through your body to produce images of the bones in your ankle, and develop a treatment plan aimed at alleviating your pain. If your injury does not heal after treatment and rehabilitative exercise, surgery may be performed to reconstruct ligaments or repair a ligament that will not heal.

An ankle sprain may cause instability and prevent you from performing your day-to-day activities. Do not allow this to happen: contact us for effective sprained ankle treatment.

Should You Wrap

a Sprained Ankle Overnight?

Braces and bandages intended for sprains are mainly used during the day for joint protection and support. However, if you are experiencing severe pain at night and it only eases when you wrap your ankle, you can wrap your ankle using a bandage but ensure that the bandage is very loose.

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Is It Okay To Walk on a Sprained Ankle?

If you have sprained your ankle, it is best if you do not walk on it. Your sprained ankle needs time to recover before it can bear weight. Trying to facilitate a quick recovery by exercising, running, or walking too soon may worsen your injury and cause further complications.

The ligaments, muscles, and bones comprising the leg and foot, and ankle are stronger and sturdier than those in other parts of the body. After an injury, they need an ample period of immobility to fully recover.

As your ankle recovers from a sprain, you can gradually apply weight to it; however, you should aid your walking by using a support system like crutches or a cane.  If your symptoms are not improving after you have refrained from putting any weight on your ankle, you should visit a doctor. Our doctors know how to handle ankle sprains and ascertain the sprain's severity and recommend treatment options that will restore our ankle to its pre-injury state.

What Helps a Sprained Ankle Heal Faster?

At-Home Remedies

See our Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute doctors today to see what we can do to help your sprained ankle. We are confident in our abilities to heal any part of your foot or ankle with the right treatment. You can prepare for your visit by doing the above recommended at-home remedies. Call us to request an appointment today!

Rest

  • Rest your ankle by refraining from applying any weight on it.

Ice

  • Ice helps reduce blood flow to the ankle. This, in turn, can minimize swelling and bruising.
  • Applying ice immediately after the injury can prevent inflammation.
  • Use an ice pack or wrap some ice in a towel.
  • Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, several times daily.

Compression

  • Compression prevents inflammation and helps support your ankle joint.
  • Use an elastic bandage.
  • Do not wrap your ankle too tightly.

Elevation

  • Elevation involves keeping your injured ankle raised to limit blood flow to the ankle prevent fluid buildup around the ankle

Physical Therapy

Rehabilitation exercises can prevent stiffness and chronic ankle problems and increase ankle strength. As such, you need to exercise.

Strengthening Exercises

  • Once your ankle can bear weight without severe pain, exercises to strengthen the tendons and muscles in the back and front of your foot and leg will be incorporated into your treatment plan. If land-based exercises are too painful, water exercises may be used instead. 

Low-impact exercises

  • Low-impact exercises such as the calf stretch, standing quadriceps stretch, and hamstring stretch can help you regain your range of motion and reduce your risk of injury.Some sprains may respond to treatment while others may not. If these treatment options have not alleviated your pain, you should consult our physical therapists. We have years of experience in treating ankle sprains and can successfully treat your sprains and help prevent future ankle problems.

Nonsurgical Treatment

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen and ibuprofen can help control swelling and pain.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Immobilization

  • In the first few days after your injury, you need to protect your ankle from any abrupt movements.

Crutches

  • Walking after your injury may be difficult. Use crutches if you have to walk around.

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