January 15, 2019
Whether you’re an athlete at the top of your game, an avid runner, or the weekend warrior, chances are you’ve had or know someone who has had an ankle injury. If you’re an active person, a simple sprain could get in the way of your daily life. After an ankle injury, there’s no time to dwell on how long it will take to feel better, the quicker you react the quicker the healing will happen. We know it can be devastating, so we’ve gathered some tips and first steps you should be taking after you experience an ankle injury to get you well on your way to recovery.
The first step is to assess the situation. We always suggest visiting your physician or healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and to rule out a fracture.
If you’re experiencing tenderness, pain, swelling, or bruising, you have likely sprained your ankle. Once those ligaments on the outside of your ankle have been sprained, the likelihood of re-occurrence is quite high. This is why it is so important to take care if it properly the first time.
An injured ligament can take up to 16 weeks to heal, although sometimes after a couple of weeks you will feel like you are back to normal. Don’t be fooled! There are some simple yet effective exercise you can do in order strengthen the ankle and increase your range of motion. Move your ankle side-to-side and point your toes and try raising your legs up in the air. This will help improve and strengthen your range so your ankle doesn’t get weak while resting.
If you or someone you know is having a problem with their ankle please come on into our stores and talk to an expert, or contact us today for more information.
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