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By A.A. Podiatry
July 06, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

Ankle Sprains"Slow and steady" is the key to bouncing back from a sprained ankle.

With an estimated 25,000 ankles sprained every day, it's no surprise that ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries seen by Dr. Annik Adamson at A.A. Podiatry in Alexandria, Virginia. Sprains occur when the ankle is twisted or rolled unnaturally, usually from stepping on an uneven surface or from a sports activity. This results in the ligaments stretching or even tearing. The ankle will likely be painful, and may look swollen or bruised. In severe cases, the pain and instability will prevent any weight from being put on the affected ankle.

If you think you might have sprained your ankle, it's important to see your Alexandria podiatrist right away to determine its severity. After your appointment, you'll need to follow some simple but important directions to ensure proper healing. Here are a few tips that Dr. Adamson suggests for dealing with the pain and inconvenience of a sprained ankle at home.


Most ankle sprains can be treated using the tried-and-true R.I.C.E. method. R.I.C.E stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The steps are fairly self-explanatory: staying off your ankle as much as possible by propping it up (rest and elevation), treating the area with an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time, and wearing an ankle brace (compression) will all help to heal your sprained ankle. It make take several days of this treatment for the swelling to diminish.

Physical Therapy

You'll return to Dr. Annik Adamson's Alexandria podiatry office for further evaluation, at which time she may prescribe a series of exercises aimed at restoring your ankle's strength and stability. It's important to follow these directions to the letter and not to overdo it, even your ankle seems to be healed.

Take it Slow

Above all else, it's imperative that you follow your Alexandria podiatrist's recommendations after an ankle sprain. A gradual return to normal activities will allow the affected ligaments to heal, and your ankle to become stable again. It's also necessary that you recognize your body's signals to slow down, pain and fatigue, and respond to them accordingly.

If you're concerned that you might have sprained your ankle, contact A.A. Podiatry in Alexandria as soon as possible. Early treatment means a better chance at successful healing.