Can Exercise Help Sprained Ankles?
Research has shown treatments for ankle sprains may differ depending on how severe the sprain is. Mild relief may be found in resting and elevating the foot, in addition to protecting the injured area for the first several days. If the foot is wrapped in a supportive bandage, swelling may decrease. As the resting period ends, it may be beneficial to perform exercises that may help to strengthen the ankle. This may aid in regaining stability and balance that is necessary to accomplish daily activities. There are several ankle stretches that may enhance range of motion and flexibility. These may include tracing letters of the alphabet with your toes and standing on one leg for several seconds. Both of these movements may help to improve strength and ankle movement. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.
Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.
What are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits
Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.
If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.Read more about Ankle Sprains