Ever try to use a stretched-out or broken rubber band? It doesn’t work so great, does it? Even if you try to fix it by tying knots to make it tighter, it just can’t do all that it used to, and in fact, will likely loosen or break again. Well, that’s exactly what happens in the case of frequent ankle sprains!
Ligaments that are overstretched or injured and do not heal correctly, can come back to haunt you in the form of multiple sprains, chronic pain, and instability. So how can you prevent such long-term ankle problems? We’re glad you asked! To promote proper healing and avoid future issues, here are some guidelines to follow after twisting or injuring an ankle:
- Use the RICE method. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation will control swelling, ease pain, and help in the healing process.
- Get an X-ray to determine damage and appropriate treatment for proper healing.
- Don’t skimp on physical therapy! Without these strengthening exercises, the ligaments in your ankle will weaken again, making them susceptible to repeated sprains and stability issues.
- Use an ankle brace to give a recovering sprained ankle a little extra support and protection.
- Switch shoes and activities. If possible, choose higher-topped shoes that offer ankle support, and once you are given the go ahead to resume activity (after you’ve completely and correctly healed), incorporate low-impact exercises into your routine, like yoga, swimming, and biking. It’s important to note that your return to activity should be gradual!
- Take extra care – watch where you’re stepping and avoid uneven terrain.
- If you do suffer from multiple sprains, chronic pain, or a constant wobbly feeling in your ankle, consider surgical correction to stop these long-term problems from lingering and negatively affecting your quality of life.
Remember, the more times you sprain your ankle, the weaker and looser your ligaments become, increasing your risk of repeated problems. It’s like a vicious cycle – so, break it now! Call us for help with an ankle sprain by dialing (512) 593-2949 to reach our Round Rock or Cedar Park, TX location.