Looking After a Sprained or Twisted Ankle

Published: 15th July 2010
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A sprained ankle or twisted ankle is one of those injuries that is incredibly painful and irritating despite not being terribly 'serious'. They're a large inconvenience precisely for that reason though, in that they're not serious enough to mean that you can take time off of work and generally avoid your commitments and responsibilities, but are nevertheless invasive enough that they make it difficult for us to continue to go about life as normal. A sprained or twisted ankle tends to hurt if we put pressure on it, and won't heal (no pun intended) if we continue to use it as normal. Thus it's important to know how to correctly treat the conditions in order to create as little inconvenience and discomfort as possible.
The first and most important thing to do when you first sprain or twist your ankle is to take your weight off of it and rest it. After any injuries you should take weight off of your feet and to lie down or sit down. This is important in order to prevent you from further injury. After injuries you will likely be in shock, and this is particularly true of a twisted ankle which often occurs when we least expect it - walking along a curb or when we just put our footing wrong and so it's important to lie down in case you become light headed or faint.
When you lie down you should also elevate your ankle above your heart. One way to do this is to lie down with a cushion under your leg. This will help the fluid that causes the swelling to drain from your ankle and will prevent damage and help you return to normal use. Another way to combat the swelling is with cold, using an ice pack for example. If you don't happen to have an ice pack around, then you can use anything out of your fridge that's frozen - whether it's a bag of frozen peas or even a frozen fish. It's always useful however to have a cool pack around in case of future injuries.
When you need to walk on and use your ankle, it's important to ensure that you use some form of support to prevent yourself from experiencing unnecessary discomfort and to prevent further injury while your ankle is weak. You can do this using bandaging or a sports support that you can buy from most shops.
If your injury was particularly severe then it's often a good idea to ensure that you get physiotherapy to help you strengthen your ankle again. Many people are unaware that following a twisted ankle it becomes more likely for us to twist or sprain it again. The reason for this is that the muscles and tendons will be slightly damaged and this can slightly affect our ability to balance. If you see a physiotherapist they will be able to give you exercises and to manipulate the joint themselves. This will help to find any other potential problems, will help ease any discomfort, and will strengthen the joint to prevent future injury.

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