A sprained ankle can be a real pain, figuratively and literally. Some people try to continue their normal physical activities, hoping thatdiscomfort will go away on its own, but the best course of action is diagnosis and treatment. Know what to do when you have sprained your ankle so that you can get on the road to healing and prevent further injury. At the Foot & Ankle Institute, you will be treated by a West Houston, TX, podiatrist who specializes in treating cases of ankle pain.
Risk Factors for a Sprained Ankle
Athletes are most at risk of ankle sprains because of the continued strain put on their feet and ankles. Basketball players often have to jump and land in uncomfortable positions, as well as twist their ankles on a dime to shift positions quickly. The same is true for tennis and football players. Runners repeatedly hit the pavement with their feet for miles, and the force can cause ankle sprains. Another risk factor for a sprained ankle is wearing very high-heeled shoes on a daily basis—if the ankle accidentally turns to the side when you’re walking in heels, that could also cause a sprain. Patients who have had an ankle injury in the past or an arthritic condition are also more prone to ankle sprains.
What to Do for a Sprained Ankle
If you believe you may have a sprained ankle, avoid trying to continue normal activities—especially athletics. See a podiatrist at the Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, immediately to talk about these treatments:
- Wrapping the ankle with compression bandages to limit swelling and promote normal alignment.
- Ice therapy (15-minute foot bath or an ice pack).
- Flexibility and stability training exercises (physical therapy).
- Time off to rest and elevate your feet.
- A surgical procedure to repair a ligament in the case of a severe sprain.
Protecting Your Ankles
A West Houston, TX, podiatrist can help you heal your ankle after a sprain, but it’s up to you to care for your feet to prevent foot pain in the future. Protect your ankles by stretching your feet and warming up before participating in exercises or athletic competitions. Continue to tape or wrap your ankles when you’re working out. Choose low heels or wedges over high heels whenever possible. Take the time at the end of each day to gently massage your ankles and feet.
Help for Ankle Pain and Discomfort
If your ankle is sprained, it needs the attention of a qualified and caring Foot & Ankle Specialist. Call (281) 531-4100 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino, or Dr. Manish Patel at their office in West Houston, TX.