Home Care Tips for a Sprained Ankle

We love seeing our patients here at Advanced Foot and Ankle, but there are times when you are able to treat a problem at home on your own. Now, you want to be careful when you do this, because returning to normal activities before a condition is resolved can potentially lead to additional problems in the long run. However, sometimes home care for a sprained ankle might be sufficient, as long as you don’t try to get back to basketball or tennis or any other sport too quickly.

Sprains are extremely common injuries. Some people may think they only happen during athletic events or practices, but anyone who walks is susceptible to these injuries. When you sustain this injury, do the following at home to keep a sprained ankle safe and assist with the healing process:

  • Rest – This is a key component for healing sprains, but too often—particularly in athletics—people are inclined to just “walk it off.” Instead of attempting to return to action, you need to give your body rest. If you don’t, it could lead to a chronic ankle instability condition.
  • Ice – Icing your sprain will help to not only reduce swelling and inflammation in the area, but it can help decrease pain as well. When applying ice, always be sure to wrap it in a thin towel in order to prevent damaging your skin. Only keep the wrapped ice on the area for about 20 minutes at a time.
  • Compression – This is another valuable method for reducing swelling in the area. When you wrap the injured foot, be careful about doing it too tight. If you start to feel tingling followed by numbness, loosen the wrap a bit.
  • Elevation – A great way to supplement the rest you are giving your injured ankle is to lie down and prop your foot up on some pillows. Keeping the affected joint above heart level will further help to decrease swelling in the area.
  • Medication – Check with our office for specific recommendations and dosages, but over-the-counter pain relievers can be quite beneficial when the symptoms are strong.

Our professionals here at Advanced Foot and Ankle offer effective treatment plans for any medical issue or condition in your lower limbs. If your home care is not working to relieve the symptoms, contact us by calling (208) 731-6321, or use our online form to schedule an appointment with either our Twin Falls or Burley, ID podiatrist offices.

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