One of the most common and painful injuries to affect the ankles is a sprain. The ligaments that work to protect our ankle joints can become subject to irregular movements such as twisting, turning, rolling, and bending. This injury can happen in the blink of an eye, but takes several months to heal. Dr. Victoria Melhuish is here to help prevent the drawn out complications of ankle pain. Take a look at the best ways to treat an ankle sprain.
The ankle should be elevated the first 48 hours after your accident. Employ the other components of the R.I.C.E. method by resting and applying ice to area for 20 to 30 minutes, three to four times a day. Keep a compression bandage or ace wrap around the ankle for support and to immobilize the joint.
If your sprain is severe and the swelling and pain haven't decreased over the course of a few days, you may require crutches, a boot, or even surgery. Contact Dr. Victoria Melhuish today for an evaluation. Our experts at Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City and Gardnerville, NV, will have you on the fast track to pain relief. Call (775) 783-8037 or visit our website to schedule your appointment.