Have you ever experienced an ankle sprain?
Ankle sprains are painful. They can be debilitating and lead to severe foot issues if not addressed as soon as possible. If you've experienced prolonged ankle pain, you'll need to talk to your Ellicott City, MD, podiatrist, Dr. John Murphy for help.
More About Ankle Sprains
Ankle sprains aren't just because you lost your balance. It can be a result of playing sports or walking and/or running on uneven surfaces.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common foot injuries. They are usually accompanied by: swelling, severe pain, bruising, ankle instability, tenderness, limping and limited range of motion
Bone fractures are sometimes confused with ankle sprains. This is extremely important to prevent severe long-term repercussions. Your Ellicott City doctor can properly diagnose an ankle sprain. Dr. Murphy uses a physical examination and an x-ray to examine your ankle and detect the exact problem.
Causes of Ankle Sprains
There are several things that lead to ankle sprains, a few include losing your balance while walking, which may result in pain, your ankle twists inward due to an unexpected movement, and/or a tear or stretch in one or more of your ligaments.
How to Treat a Sprained Ankle
Rehabilitating your ankle after you can stand on it is necessary. Your doctor will provide you with certain exercises to strengthen your: flexibility, muscles, ligaments, coordination and balance.
Treating your sprained ankle properly will increase the rate of your recovery. All you need to remember is RICE: rest, ice, compress, and elevate your ankles.
In addition to RICE, avoid overexerting your ankle. Walking, jogging, running, and other activities will come back after your rehabilitation and recovery process.
Your doctor may also provide certain medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Need a consultation?
For more information on how to deal with sprained ankles, just call your Ellicott City, MD, podiatrists, Dr. John Murphy, today at (410) 992-8504.