How to Manage a Sprained Ankle
It may be one of the most painful, debilitating injuries you've ever experienced, but remember it's just a sprain – and it's treatable.
Whether a twist, trauma or wrong step, one of the most common ankle injuries is a lateral (outside) ankle sprain. An ankle sprain is a strain or tear to the ankle ligaments, which are strong bands of tissue that stabilize and hold a joint together. The most common ligament injured is the Anterior Talofibular (ATF) ligament, followed by the Calcaneofibular (CF) ligament. Ankle injuries to the medial (inside) of the ankle do happen but are not as common as a ligament ankle injury.
Cause and Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain
Ankle sprains usually occur while the foot is in its most vulnerable position; when you're up on your toes, also known as plantar flexion. Whether walking down the stairs, working out, or playing sports, an ankle injury can happen in any activity.
You may feel your ankle roll, hear a pop, or experience immediate pain and swelling. You may find it extremely difficult to move your ankle and/or painful to put weight on your foot. Other symptoms may include bruising and instability.
Ankle Sprain Management
Recovery time and returning to play will depend on the severity of the injury. First-degree sprains typically heal within 1 to 2 weeks, but severe ankle sprains can take up to eight weeks. The general rule of thumb for treating an ankle injury is PRICE (Protect. Rest. Ice. Compress. Elevate).
- Protect the ankle from further injury by wearing a brace.
- Rest the ankle to allow it to heal.
- Ice the ankle to reduce swelling and pain.
- Compress the ankle to decrease swelling.
- Elevate the foot to diminish the blood flow to the injured area, which helps reduce swelling.
Bracing Option for a Sprained Ankle
As mentioned above, an ankle brace can help (or helps) protects the injury. It can help speed up recovery and prevent re-injury to the ankle once you're back on the field. One ankle brace option is the Bionic™ Stirrup Ankle Brace.
The Bionic™ Stirrup Ankle Brace delivers medial and lateral ankle protection and support and helps prevent ankle rolls. Also, this brace allows for full range of motion and provides comfort. It's easy to put on and can fit it most shoes.
The Bionic™ Stirrup Ankle Brace Features and Benefits
- Rigid body design helps maximize medial/lateral stability
- Anatomically correct footplate for maximum comfort
- Single strap closure with pull-tabs for easy on/off
- Optional second ankle strap for increased support
- Low profile rigid brace fits in most shoes
In conclusion, give yourself plenty of time to recover and rehab back the ankle back to health so you can perform confidently when back on the field.
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The contents of this blog were independently prepared, and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.