Especially as the weather continues to cool off, more and more people are lacing up their best pair of running shoes and heading outside and run. Running is a great activity for both your physical and mental health, but it can also take a toll on your body. Ankle sprains are a common issue that many runners and other athletes have to face. They can be extremely painful and frustrating, especially because even the smallest misstep can cause a healing ankle to become injured again. Here’s how our podiatrists suggest healing your sprained ankle.
First and foremost, you’ll need to allow your body to heal. Try to limit weight-bearing activities, including running, while your ankle is still in such a fragile state. If you are concerned that you have a fracture, try to visit a doctor as soon as you can. Crutches may be necessary as well.
One way to keep swelling down is by using ice. Don’t place ice directly on your skin, rather, make sure to wrap the ice in some sort of cloth. Also, ensure not to use ice for more than 20 minutes at a time.
Another crucial step in healing your sprained ankle is compression. This can help control swelling and support your injury, keeping your ankle in place.
During the healing process, make sure to elevate your ankle above your heart. This will ensure that swelling stays to a minimum.
If the R.I.C.E. guidelines aren’t enough to help heal your ankle, you’ll need to see a professional to address your injury. Contact us today if you’ve been injured and need help in your recovery process.