Treatment of Foot and Ankle
Proper treatment of your ankle sprain could prevent chronic pain and instability. For a Grade I sprain, follow the R.HI.C.E guidelines:
- Rest your ankle when not using it to walk. Limit the weight you support. Use crutches if necessary; if there is no fracture it is safe to put some weight on the leg. Often an ankle splint helps control swelling and provides stability while ligaments are healing.
- Ice helps keep inflammation low. Do not place the ice directly on the skin (use a piece of cloth such as a pillowcase between the ice pack and the skin) and do not have ice for more than 20 minutes at a time to avoid injury from frost.
- Compression can help control inflammation as well as sustaining your injury.
- Raise the foot by resting it and supporting it above the waist or the heart as necessary.
Inflammation usually subsides within a few days.<br />For a Grade II sprain, follow the guidelines R.HI.C.E. and allow more time for healing. A physician may immobilize or place a splint on your corner ankle.
A Grade III sprain puts you at risk for permanent ankle instability. Rarely, surgery may be needed to repair the damage, especially in competitive athletes. For severe ankle sprains, your doctor may also consider treatment with a short leg cast for two to three weeks or a splint boot. People who repeatedly strain their ankles may also need surgical repair to strengthen their ligaments.
RIVERA FOOT & ANKLE: At Orlando H.Rivera DPM, our priority is to deliver quality care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting. When you have problems with your feet, you need to turn to a podiatrist who listens and responds… an experienced doctor who knows the field and can effectively diagnose and treat your needs… a friendly physician who counsels you on the best ways to maintain and improve your health. Our physician(s) meet all these criteria. Plus, you benefit from a dedicated team of trained professionals who give you the individualized attention you deserve.
Treatment of Foot and Ankle.
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