Spraining an ankle is a common injury that can be quite painful and debilitating. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time to heal properly and end up reinjuring the ankle. Being patient is essential. After the initial healing period of an ankle sprain has been completed (which can vary from weeks to months depending upon the severity) you need to slowly increase ankle strength and stability. Jumping into activities too quickly may eventually lead to chronic ankle instability.
Some tips for improving your ankle without causing another injury include the following:
Physical therapy exercises— Ask your foot doctor to help with developing a physical therapy regimen that will slowly increase the strength and flexibility of the ankle joint.
Stretch and warm up before exercising and playing sports—Proper warm up and stretching before exercising is essential to preventing injuries.
Increase activities gradually—Take your time getting back into more strenuous activities and go slow over several months to make sure your ankle will be able to handle the pressure.
Even if your sprained ankle appears to be on the mend, it’s a good idea to have your foot doctor involved in your treatment and healing process to minimize the development of chronic problems in the future.
For expert help treating an ankle sprain, contact your podiatrist. 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, MLSLaser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey, including Monroe Township. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe Township/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.