No matter which team you support, this is a great time of year for sports fans. There is still a lot of time before football season is done, and basketball teams are now on the courts. Of course, if you’re a hockey fan, you can catch plenty of action on the ice as well. With so many athletes in action, this means there are many athletic trainers providing ankle sprain treatment when these common sports injuries happen!
Of course, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to suffer from a sprained ankle. All it takes is misjudging a step or failing to notice an uneven surface to twist your ankle beyond its intended range of motion. When this happens, the ligaments supporting the valuable joint are damaged and need to heal.
As a starting point, your injured ankle will need first aid. This entails following the PRICE protocol:
- Protect the ankle. Simply put, this means stop playing the sport if you are hurt. Too many people try to “walk it off,” but this is not a smart approach.
- Rest. Taking time away from intense activity will not only ensure further damage doesn’t happen, it also gives the body a chance to initiate natural healing processes.
- Ice. Icing the injured ankle both relieves pain and reduces inflammation.
- Compression. Using a tight wrap will further reduce inflammation.
- Elevation. Keeping the affected ankle elevated above heart level is another way to keep swelling to a minimum.
When you come in to see us, we may need to splint or immobilize your ankle, depending on how severe the injury is. In the event of a very severe sprain, we might need to use a walking boot or short cast as part of your ankle sprain treatment. Fortunately, surgery is only necessary in rare cases.
You can certainly perform first aid for a sprained ankle at home. When you need professional care, though, come see us here at Richardson Podiatry Associates. We will assess the situation, determine exactly what is happening, and then create an effective treatment plan so you do not develop a case of long-term ankle instability. Further, our methods will help you get back to your favorite activities in the shortest possible amount of time.
For more information, or to request an appointment with our Richardson, TX podiatrist office, either contact us online or simply give us a call at (972) 690-5374. Remember, you can always receive the foot and ankle care you need at Richardson Podiatry Associates!