How to Treat Ankle Sprains
Getting ankle sprains due to an accident can be painful and can result in mobility issues for a significant period of time. While the main recommendation when suffering with ankle sprain is to see your Clearwater podiatrist , WebMD has some ideas using what it calls the PRINCE approach….here is a summary:
- You should Protect the damaged ankle using some kind of brace with a built-in air cushion along with a compression wrap such as an elastic bandage 24 to 36 hours after the accident.
- You should Rest as much as possible, not putting a lot of pressure on the ankle, using crutches when walking.
- Applying Ice for the first 48 to 72 hours after the accident helps to reduce swelling. Do this 10 or so minutes every one to two hours.
- Addressing the inflammation that results from an ankle sprain is also crucial. NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) and naproxen (such as Naprosyn) are good anti-inflammatory. Tylenol can work as well.
- Compression is important to help bring down the swelling of an ankle sprain. Using an elastic wrap should help, but one should take care not to wrap the ankle too tightly. “Signs that the bandage is too tight include numbness, tingling, increased pain, coolness, and/or swelling in the area below the bandage.” Most compression wraps come with instructions on how to apply them.
- Finally, you should keep the ankle Elevated as much as possible when you are seated or laying down. The ankle should be above the level of the heart two to three hours a day to help cut down on swelling and bruising.
Home remedies can be successful when treating ankle sprains, but seeking professional treatment from your Clearwater foot doctor is always recommended. Call us today to schedule.