Treating & Preventing Sprained Ankles

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Applying extreme force and pressure to your feet and ankles on a daily basis can cause the ligaments and tendons that hold your ankle joint together to be injured resulting in bruising, swelling, and extreme pain in the ankle joint that radiates to the rest of the foot. Just stepping awkwardly down your stairs or tripping while walking to the mailbox can cause your foot to roll over and create a severe ankle strain or sprain.

Initial treatments for sprained ankles include the following:

●     RICE method—Rest, Icing, Compression, and Elevation are essential early treatments for foot and ankle injuries. After the initial shock wears off you and your foot doctor will have a much better idea of the extent of the damage.

●     Immobilizing boot or cast—Severe sprains will require complete immobilization with a rigid boot or cast and will allow you to put some weight on your foot.

After the initial healing period, it is time to slowly strengthen your ankle and increase flexibility without causing further injury. Talk to your podiatrist about a variety of physical therapy exercises that can be added to your treatment regimen for optimal ankle rehabilitation and to help avoid getting another ankle injury.

Tips for preventing sprained ankles

●     Physical therapy—Talk to your podiatrist about a variety of physical therapy exercises that can be added to your treatment regimen for optimal ankle rehabilitation to help avoid getting another sprain.

●     Wear the right shoes and supports—Always wear properly designed shoes for the activity you are performing. Chronically weak and injured ankles may need specially made shoes with extra ankle support and room for braces or custom orthotic inserts.

A poorly treated ankle sprain is one that is more likely to be reinjured, so be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper care and rehabilitation. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 or our Metuchen office at (732) 744-0003 for an appointment.