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By Dr. Paul C. LaFata
September 18, 2014
Category: Ankle Sprain

Ice your ankle to help with recoveryRegular season football has only been underway for a few weeks, and already the injury list is littered with players suffering from ankle issues. Some, like Tandon Doss for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Sanders Commings for the Kansas City Chiefs, are already out for the season. Most of the others, however, are working hard to rehabilitate their joints and make a comeback later in the year. Recovering from a sprained ankle, or any other joint injury, takes time and effort. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a pro football player to get good care for ankle sprains.

Ankle sprains are an overstretching or tearing of the ligaments that stabilize your ankle joint. This happens when your ankle twists or rolls suddenly. This painfully destabilizes the joint—and depending on how serious the injury, may take a while to recover. It’s a very common problem, particularly for athletes. Whether you run for fun or play football for school, if you’re active, you’re at risk. The key to recovering well and getting back to your activities without pain is simple: don’t rush it.

Give your joint the break it needs to heal. Avoid all hard-impact activities for a while. You may even benefit from wearing a brace or compression bandage to immobilize the foot. Ice the tender area and keep your foot elevated when you can to minimize any swelling. Our staff at West Lawn Podiatry Associates may recommend anti-inflammatory pain medications as well.

Once the swelling and pain have gone down, you’ll need some physical therapy to help stabilize and restore your joint to full health. This will mean carefully stretching and working on range-of-motion exercises. Resistance and weight-bearing activities will help build strength and power in the tissues that are still repairing. Balance exercises will help improve your overall stability.

Recovering from a sprained ankle can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months depending on how severe the original injury was—as well as the initial care. Investing in your joint health can mean the difference between getting back into your activities pain-free and spending months struggling with discomfort and possibly re-spraining your limb. Don’t cheat yourself out of a full recovery. If you’ve hurt an ankle, let our team at West Lawn Podiatry Associates in the Wyomissing and Sinking Springs area help you heal properly. Just call (610) 678-4581 or use our website to make an appointment.

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By Dr. Paul C. LaFata
August 11, 2014
Category: Ankle Sprain

Sprained Ankles Need TreatmentThis past June and early July saw the return of the World Cup. This year’s tournament in Brazil had plenty of controversy and in-game upsets, but it did its job: for couple weeks, the world was united by the sport of soccer. Whether you play backyard pick-up games, joined a school team, or even just enjoy the sport on TV, you know how important the feet are to soccer. Injuries like a sprained ankle can ruin a player’s entire game.

An ankle sprain can keep you off your feet for weeks, depending on its severity. You don’t have to be an international soccer star to suffer a sprain, either—it can happen when you jump, jog, or even step off a curb. The key to recovering quickly is how you treat it. Prompt first aid for a sprained ankle can help your foot begin to mend even before you see someone from our team here at West Lawn Podiatry Associates.

When the injury first happens, follow the RICE model to manage the pain until you can get other treatment: rest, ice, compress, and elevate. Avoid walking on the affected limb if you can. This keeps it immobilized and gives it time to rest.

Ice the area with a cold pack for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, four times a day during the first few days after the injury. This will decrease swelling and inflammation as well as numb some of the pain. Wrap the joint with a compression bandage, too. When you can, sit and elevate the ankle above the level of the heart. This discourages swelling as well.

These first aid measures help you manage the pain and prevent additional injury until you can have your ankle cared for by your podiatrist. Whatever you do, don’t try to play sports through the pain of a sprain. That is the best way to cause serious damage. Instead, call (610) 678-4581 or fill out an online request form to reach West Lawn Podiatry Associates, PC in West Lawn, PA.

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