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How to manage an ankle sprain

Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta 12 Ada Street Harris Park NSW 2150
Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta 12 Ada Street Harris Park NSW 2150

Do you know how to manage an ankle sprain?

Managing an ankle sprain involves a combination of techniques to alleviate pain, reduce swelling, promote healing, and restore function. Here are some steps to help manage an ankle sprain:

  1. Rest: Immediately after the injury, it’s important to rest the ankle and avoid putting weight on it. Use crutches, if necessary, to offload the affected ankle and minimize further damage.
  2. Ice: Apply ice to the injured ankle for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours for the first 48-72 hours. This helps reduce swelling and pain. Use a cloth or towel to wrap the ice pack and avoid applying it directly to the skin.
  3. Compression: Use an elastic compression bandage or ankle brace to provide support and compression to the injured area. It helps reduce swelling and provides stability. Make sure the compression is snug but not too tight to impair circulation.
  4. Elevation: Elevate the injured ankle above the level of your heart whenever possible, especially during the first few days. This helps reduce swelling by allowing fluid to drain away from the injured area.
  5. Pain relief: Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Follow the instructions and consult a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or if the pain persists.
  6. Gentle range of motion exercises: Once the pain and swelling begin to subside, begin performing gentle range of motion exercises to improve mobility and prevent stiffness. Move the ankle up and down, and side to side within a pain-free range. Be cautious and do not force movements that cause pain.
  7. Gradual weight-bearing and strengthening: As the ankle heals, gradually start putting weight on it and engaging in weight-bearing activities. Begin with partial weight-bearing and progress to full weight-bearing as tolerated. Include strengthening exercises to regain muscle strength and stability. Consult a physiotherapist for specific exercises tailored to your condition.
  8. Rehabilitation exercises: A physiotherapist can guide you through a comprehensive rehabilitation program, including exercises to restore balance, stability, and proprioception. These exercises can help prevent future ankle sprains and promote a full recovery.
  9. Supportive footwear: Wear comfortable and supportive shoes that provide stability and cushioning to the ankle. Avoid high-heeled shoes or footwear that may increase the risk of re-injury.

It’s important to note that the severity of ankle sprains can vary, and more severe sprains may require medical evaluation and intervention. If you experience severe pain, inability to bear weight, significant swelling, or if the symptoms do not improve within a few days, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for further assessment and appropriate treatment.

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