As a student involved in sports, a jogger or even a professional athlete, a sprained ankle can be an infuriating experience. They’re very common injuries, especially amongst kids, but make no mistake if you suffer from a severe sprain and don’t treat it right, you definitely will suffer from more long term issues. Here’s what you need to do when you have a sprained ankle to take care of.
In any case, whether you deem the sprain to be ‘nothing much’ you should still visit a foot doctor Adelaide. If those sprains turn out to be more serious then, as stated above, you would find difficulties later on in your daily activities. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and get your foot professionally checked out.
After you get it checked out, your next course of action will be to rest that foot and definitely not exert it in anyway. Most people get antsy after staying in one place for far too long but this unfortunately is part of the healing process and you risk straining your foot further and putting yourself on further house rest if you don’t rest adequately. When your ligaments are in need of healing, it’s always better to invest in an ankle brace for more support.
The swelling usually goes down in a few days and to help the process along you’ll want to ice the sprained spot. Avoid putting ice directly on to the skin, instead make use of a thin cloth that can act as a barrier as well, wrap it around the ice and place it on the spot. Also remember not to keep the ice pack on for longer than 20 minutes- the cooling effect would anyway have gone by then.
Once you can place more pressure on your ankle again and the doctor has given the all go, you’ll want to go through the rehabilitation process of giving your foot more flexibility and regaining your use of smooth motion. To do this you can begin your stretches. Two useful routines include stretching your leg and foot out for ten seconds (10 reps) and in a seated position once again, bringing your ankle up and out (once again repeated ten times).
Next comes strengthening the use of your ankle. This aspect comes into play when you can place weight on your ankle more or less comfortably and you nearly have a full range of motion in your arsenal. First get the all go from your doctor so you can get started on some routines to strengthen your ankle, the safest of which he will outline to you in detail. Once you fully regain your motion and you’ve strengthened your ankle then you’ll be Ready (albeit cautiously so) for sporting activities
The key to taking care of a sprained ankle is to first identify its severity. Then make an active effort not to worsen the situation by exerting it. Lastly work on your strengthening process as and when dictated by your doctor for a speedy recovery.