There are numerous ways you can sprain your ankle. It’s a common injury while you’re playing sports, or you could sprain this area of your body while you’re walking as you might turn your ankle the wrong way. It’s important to seek proper ankle sprain treatment as a sprained ankle could lead to other issues in the future. We can perform X-rays and other tests to determine the severity of the injury and if there is anything else to be concerned about or if you might need a cast of some type so that you have proper support while walking.
Sometimes, the symptoms that you experience that you think are from a sprain could be from a fracture as they often resemble each other. For most sprains, they usually don’t pose any serious health concerns and can easily be treated with rest and keeping your ankle propped up as much as possible instead of walking on it or using crutches when walking.
Once the injured joint is addressed, you can begin therapy if it’s needed in order for you to regain the strength in your ankle so that you can walk normally once again. Keep in mind that many sprains weaken your ankle and can make it easier for you to sprain the same ankle in the future. It’s also easier to break your ankle in the future after several sprains as the joints and ligaments are weakened, decreasing the support that is needed in this area of your foot.
Avoid jumping back into activities too soon after your ankle sprain treatment. You might feel like you’re able to run around and do the things that you once did before the injury, but you need to take the time to let your ankle heal. Our doctor will likely want to see you after your initial appointment to make sure your ankle is healing as it should. If you do perform activities with a sprain, then you risk severe injuries that can develop. These injuries could then result in a cast being put on your ankle or needing to use crutches in order to take as much weight off of the impacted foot as possible.
Some of the things that you can do to treat an ankle sprain include alternating between heat and ice to relieve swelling and pain associated with the injury and making sure your foot is propped up above the level of your heart to promote healthy blood flow. When it comes to professional ankle sprain treatment, we have seen great success using regenerative techniques like PRP and stem cell therapy.
If you’ve injured your ankle and believe that it’s sprained, book an appointment at Phoenix Regenerative Medicine so that you can find out for sure and learn about the available treatment options. Contact us today to set up your evaluation at our office in Phoenix!