The Answers You Need to Settle Your Foot Care Questions
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right answers to your questions. Other times it can be too embarrassing to even ask the right questions. That is why we take the initiative to answer common foot care queries without the need to be asked. Come get the answers you and your feet need.
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What is the best treatment for an ankle sprain?
The best sprained ankle treatment follows the RICE procedure—rest, ice, compress, and elevate—and then rehabilitate the ankle. You need to take a break from all hard-impact activities and hobbies that may strain the joint, particularly sports and many outdoor activities. Icing the ankle will help reduce the painful inflammation in the soft tissues, allowing them to begin healing. Compressing the ankle in an elastic medical bandage discourages swelling. Keeping the foot elevated also decreases swelling, as well as forces you to rest for a little while. After a couple of days of RICE, you begin rehabilitation. This allows the ankle to recondition itself for your activities.
In severe cases, treatment may involve time in a brace or cast to stabilize the joint and protect it as it heals. Immobilizing the joint for a few weeks allows the loose and damaged ligaments to recover without pressure that could accidentally reinjure them. Occasionally, severely-sprained ankles actually need surgery to repair torn tendons. Getting your sprain accurately diagnosed is the key to getting the right treatment. Let Parker Foot & Ankle help. Call our Houston office at (281) 497-2850 to make an appointment.
When can I Run Again After an Ankle Injury?
Knowing how soon to run again after an ankle injury can be a difficult thing to figure out. When you are making this decision there are a few things to keep in mind. You need to consider the severity (minor sprain or fracture?), how long you were off your feet, your physical fitness level before your injury, your experience as a runner, and whether or not you were able to cross train while recovering. If you are unsure of your ankle’s ability to support you, a good rule of thumb is being able to walk a half hour without pain before trying to run. Then increase your activity gradually. If you begin to feel pain, back up the level for a few days and then try again.
If you have more questions about getting back to running after an injury, call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment at Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston.