At some point in life, you might sprain or tear a ligament in your ankle. This injury is common in athletes but can also happen to you because the ankle is a delicate part of the leg. Simply rolling the leg inwards can lead to a sprain. Pain from this injury is unbearable, and since the ankle forms a major part of your leg, your mobility is affected. Luckily, there are ways you can speed up a sprained ankle healing process. These methods will not only make your ankle heal faster, but will also help prevent future injuries and complications.
Protect the Injured Area
The ankle supports a lot of your body weight when you are moving – whether walking or running. You need to make sure you protect the ankle in various ways. One way is to reduce the use of the injured leg by reducing its use. Avoid walking around as much as you can. If you must walk around, use a cane or a pair of crutches to support some of the weight. The aim here is to allow your body’s natural healing process to take charge.
use a pair of crutches to support
Apply Ice the Right Way
Applying ice is not all about wrapping ice cubes in a cloth and pressing it on the injured area. This won’t work at all. To speed up the process of recovery for an ankle sprain, you need to apply it properly. The best way is to use a frozen bag of corn or peas and wrap it around the injured area. Why use these two? Well, they easily wrap around your leg and you won’t have to hold them in place all the time.
Apply the ice for no more than 20 minutes each time, five times a day. Apply it at equal intervals for maximum effect. Don’t think that applying the ice for longer will make the swelling go down faster, you will instead end up with tissue damage or freezer burns. Once you apply ice the right way, you will heal faster. Don’t use the ice throughout the recovery process, 2-3 days is enough.
Apply Compression the Right Way
Compression for many people is wrapping a bandage around the injured area and waiting for magic to happen. This is a wrong notion. Compression therapy is one of the pillars of sprained ankle treatment and needs to be done properly. Get an elastic bandage or a tensor and wrap it from the toes to midcalf. The bandage is supposed to apply controlled pressure to provide compression to the injured area and the surrounding areas.
The pressure should be just enough to help your ankle heal faster. High pressure will instead cause complications. You will know that you have applied excess pressure when the wrapping feels too tight and uncomfortable, or you start feeling a tingling sensation in your toes. When this happens, loosen the bandage slightly. The role of compression in the healing process is to help reduce the swelling.
How To Wrap An Elastic Bandage: Ankle Sprain
Opt for Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
The first medication an injured person reaches for is usually a painkiller. This will reduce the pain but won’t make your sprained ankle heal faster. Your ankle is swollen because of inflammation, which can only be handled by use of NSAIDs. The drugs will ease the swelling of the ankle and surrounding areas. Talk to your doctor for a prescription of the right NSAIDs for your condition depending on your health profile.
A sprain can heal on its own, but you can use some proven methods to make it heal faster. You have more treatment options for sprained ankle.