Ankle sprains are quite possibly the most common athletic injury: most of us have probably had at least one or two in our lives. While it’s important not to rush back to activity too quickly—doing so can lead to re-injury and even chronic ankle instability—we do want to help you heal as quickly as possible so you can get back to what you love.
Here are some tips to aid your recovery:
- Remember RICE. That stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Keep the weight off your injured ankle, prop it up when you sit or lie down, and use ice packs and/or compression wraps as necessary in the first few days. RICE will help manage pain and swelling, and improve circulation to the ankle. This promotes faster healing.
- Condition correctly. After you’ve checked in with the doctor and gotten the go ahead, you can begin stretches and exercises to help you regain range of motion and rebuild lost strength in the healing joint. This could include walking, balance exercises, and/or resistance band exercises, among others. We can help you create a program that makes sense for your situation.
- Get high-tech. Our office uses an advanced tool called the MLS laser to aid in the recovery of many injuries, including ankle sprains. The device uses wavelengths of light to energize your body’s own natural healing processes to fight inflammation and boost healing response. It’s quick, painless, and totally non-invasive.
At Wilks Advanced Foot Care, our goal is always to help you mend your sprained ankle and get you back on your feet and doing what you love as quickly as possible. We also want to ensure that you heal completely and safely. We know you’re itching to get back in the game, but don’t underestimate your injury—give us a call at (541) 673-0742 for an appointment as soon as you’re able after the initial trauma. You can also request an appointment by filling out our online contact form.