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Quality Medical Care for Sprained Ankles in Racine

Published on August 2nd, 2016

Your feet are your foundation, and if you have a sprained ankle, your movements can be severely limited. Depending on the severity of the sprain, it could take several weeks or longer for you to fully recover. After this time period, you may even need further care if pain persists, or if you have other problems with your ankle that are a direct result of the sprain. Ankle specialists in Racine, WI can help you make a full recovery, and can also help with other ankle and foot problems such as flat foot, hammer toes, ingrown toenails and athlete’s foot. All of these conditions can impede your mobility and extend recovery times.

Caring for a sprained ankle

Sprained ankles are very common, and they can happen very easily to people of all ages. Whether you injured your ankle working, playing sports, exercising, by tripping over uneven pavement or in any other way, the pain can be great and you will require treatment from a trained medical specialist. If the sprain is severe, you may need crutches if you are unable to bare weight on the ankle, and you may even have to have physical therapy or surgery.

Treatment at Home

The key to a quick recovery is to rest your ankle as much as possible. The more active you are, the longer it may take your ankle to heal. If the ankle is bothersome and you need relief, you can use ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling and pain. Never put ice directly on your skin. Wrap it in a towel or cloth, or if you don’t have ice available, a bag of frozen vegetables works just as well. Apply the ice pack for no more than 5 minutes at a time. If pain persists, you may have to wrap a compression bandage around the ankle to completely immobilize it, to reduce the swelling, and to support it. It will also help to keep your ankle elevated above your waist. You can do this easily by reclining in a chair or propping your foot up on pillows. Once your ankle has healed, your doctor may recommend a series of rehabilitation and physical therapy exercises to restore full functionality.

If you suspect that you have sprained or broken your ankle, it is vital to seek medical treatment right away to prevent further injury. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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