If you are suffering from a sprained ankle, you may be finding it difficult and painful to put weight on your ankle, thus limiting your ability to walk around. Additionally, you may be worried about the long-term instability that can derive from a sprained ankle. Fortunately, your podiatrist can help—Dr. Gary Rogers at NorthShore University Health System in Wilmette, IL, offers several effective treatments to help with a sprained ankle.
More about ankle sprains
Ankle sprains can happen easily, but with a few simple steps, you can do a lot to prevent a sprained ankle. Remember to pay attention to the ground you are walking on, watch out for steps, curbs, and holes in the ground. If you play sports, always wear the appropriate footwear for the sport or activity you are doing.
In the case of a sprain, you may hear a popping sound in your ankle, followed by bruising and swelling. You will also experience pain when you try to put weight on your foot. Your ankle may also feel tight and restricted.
If you think that you may be dealing with an ankle sprain, you can try some simple, non-invasive home remedies to help alleviate the pain. Consider:
- Applying ice to your sprained ankle several times each day
- Elevating your ankle while resting
- Wrapping your ankle in compression bandages to support it
For moderate to severe ankle sprains, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. Dr. Rogers may recommend:
- Using crutches and other devices to help you walk
- Wearing a walking boot, splint, or cast to help heal your ankle
- Physical therapy and stretching to maintain flexibility
- Taking prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling
- Surgery if you have torn ligaments or tendons that won’t heal naturally
Need relief? Give us a call
Don’t let a sprained ankle keep you from enjoying your life. Get some help to heal your ankle. Call Dr. Gary Rogers at NorthShore University Health System in Wilmette, IL, today at 847-256-4434!