Podiatrist, Dr. Christine Nolan states, "regardless of your age, ankle sprains are common. About 25,000 ankle sprains occur daily, and more than 70 percent are recurring ankle sprains that never completely healed. A common denominator in ankle sprains is swelling. You can control the inflammation, reduce pain and swelling by using the R.I.C.E treatment: 1) Rest the injured ankle (using crutches or walking boot if needed) 2) Ice for 10 to 20 minutes with a half-hour break in between treatments 3) Compress the injury by wrapping the ankle in a bandage 4) Elevate the foot at least 30 degrees above heart level when possible. It is ideal to elevate while icing.Gradually improving your mobility will aid in recovery, decrease swelling, and increase strength. A good way to achieve better mobility is working the foot up and down, side to side, and in circular motions. It is important to work on not limping, as this changes the gait pattern and prolongs recovery. Rehabilitation involves strength, balance, and functional exercises to transition you back into your regular activity.
Ankle injuries and sprains are a common injury which we see frequently in our clinic. The vast majority of these sprains involves the anterior talofibular ligament.
Our Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics is fully equipped with 8 treatment rooms containing ultrasound, laser, interferential current, shockwave myopercussion and cryotherapy. We also educate out patients in the correct exercises, stretches to perform as well as the proper foot wear, etc. All of our foot specialists / chiropodists are also trained in foot mobilization / manipulation, acupuncture and active release technique. (ART).
If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice, foot care or custom orthotics, please do hesitate to contact us at www.happyfeetclinic.ca.
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