Finding the Right Ankle Treatment for You

Ankle Treatment

Ankle injuries are common and can happen to any one of us on any given day. A stumble over your shoes in the hallway can lead to a sprained ankle, or simply stepping on uneven pavement can cause your ankle to roll and then swell. 

At Holland Physical Therapy, we are here to treat all of your ankle sprains and pains. Our team of physical therapists can help diagnose the cause of your ankle pain and then create a personalized treatment plan to help you get back on your feet. Our treatment plans take into account the specific cause of your condition as well as your lifestyle and fitness goals. We create a plan that works with you so you can see the best results without getting discouraged.

Ankle treatment and self-care

The type of ankle treatment you choose depends on the severity of your injury. For mild injuries, you can probably treat your injury yourself with over the counter medications and resting. For more serious cases, you should see a medical professional as soon as possible.

R.I.C.E. method of at-home ankle treatment

Using the R.I.C.E. self-care approach can be very beneficial the first few days after the injury. Following these simple steps may help prevent your ankle pain from worsening until you can see your doctor:

Rest: Avoid any activity that causes swelling or pain.

Ice: Use ice packs for 10-15 minutes every two or three hours during the day.

Compression: Wrap the ankle with an elastic bandage.

Elevation: Raise and keep the ankle above the level of the heart.

The R.I.C.E. method of treatment is proven to help reduce ankle pain. However, this is not a replacement for seeing a doctor if your ankle is still hurting or swollen.

Medication

For most patients, over-the-counter medications should be more than enough to manage the pain of an ankle injury. If an X-ray shows a break, then prescription medications may be needed.

Attempting to walk on a sprained ankle will be painful. Patients may need to use crutches until the pain is under control. Depending on the severity of the injury, the doctor may recommend sports tape, elastic bandages or a brace to stabilize the ankle. In the most severe cases, a cast or walking boot may be necessary to immobilize the ankle during the healing process.

Getting back on your feet after ankle treatment

Once the swelling and pain have been managed, your physical therapist will begin the work to improve the ankle’s motion, flexibility, stability and strength. Balance and stability are necessary to retrain the muscles to work together to support the joints of the foot.

If you have recently injured your ankle, contact Holland Physical Therapy today to set up an appointment. Our team is ready to help you get back on your feet.