You don’t have to be an athlete to sprain your ankle. You could simply be walking along minding your own business and suddenly step on a rock the wrong way. Or maybe you’re about to cross the street and accidentally slip off the curb. Ankle sprains can happen to anyone at any time. Sure, these examples may not make for very heroic stories (you can beef them up a bit, we won’t tell), but no matter how it happens, we can help make sure your tale ends happily with these tips for treating a sprained ankle:
If, once upon a time, your ligaments got twisted or stretched beyond their limits, you can expect swelling and pain. Your best bet is to start R.I.C.E. therapy right away (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation).
Rest your ankle by taking weight off your foot and refraining from any activities. Control pain and swelling with ice applications every 20 minutes or so, making sure to place a towel between your skin and the ice pack for protection. Wrapping your ankle with an elastic bandage and propping it up on some pillows will help to reduce inflammation as well. You may also need to immobilize your ankle with a cast, boot, or brace, depending on the severity of your sprain, which is exactly why it’s important to make an appointment with us as soon as possible after your injury. You know, once you’ve scaled back down the side of the mountain you were climbing when your foothold broke loose and you slipped off the jagged edge but caught yourself just in time – that’s what happened, right?
The story of how you got your sprained ankle is up to you, but you can go ahead and leave the treatment of it up to us. We’ll also provide prevention tips so you can escape future sprains that could lead to instability. Contact our Round Rock or Cedar Park, TX offices by dialing (512) 593-2949 and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment and get you the help you need.