Tips on Relieving a Sprained Ankle at Home

Nobody wants to throw their hard-earned money at a doctor if it is not necessary. While a sprained ankle is painful, it can usually be rehabbed at home. However, there are circumstances that would necessitate a visit to an orthopaedic clinic.

There are three levels of ankle sprains. A level one sprain is a mild tear of the ankle ligaments, a level two is more severe, and a level three sprain is a complete tear or rupture of the ankle ligaments. A level one sprain may be treated at home. If a popping sound is heard at the time of the injury, the person should visit with a bone doctor, or orthopaedic surgeon, to have the ankle inspected.

On average, it takes six weeks to heal a sprained ankle. For the first three days it is important to ice the ankle for twenty minutes at a time. For the first two days, as much time as possible should be spent with the ankle raised above the heart. This helps to keep the swelling down by draining fluids from the affected area.
An Ace bandage should be wrapped around the ankle. This should be done by starting at the toes, and wrapping the bandage upward to the knees. Many people believe that crutches are only for people with broken bones. However, anybody with a sprain should use crutches as often as possible in order to keep pressure off of the ankle. Air stirrups, ankle braces, and hiking boots may also be utilized in an effort to protect the damaged ligaments.

Rehabilitation is vital to recovery from an ankle sprain. This is because scar tissue develops around the ligaments as soon as they start to heal. If the ankle remains immobile during this process, the scar tissue will grow in a stiff, random manner. This will cause flexibility problems and leave the ankle susceptible to further sprains. It is necessary for the ankle to be limber during rehab, so that the scar tissue will grow in a natural manner around the ligaments. Two of the best methods of rehab are the following: With the leg extended, the person should draw their toes toward them in a slow manner. The other method is to trace the alphabet on the floor. This reintroduces a wide variety of movement, and should be done by moving the entire ankle. If no improvement is seen after two weeks, a visit to an orthopaedic clinic may be necessary.

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Educational video describing the anatomy and painful conditions associated with the ankle.