A Sprained Ankle Can Become a Prolonged Problem Without Proper Care

A sprained ankle can range from a nuisance to a painful issue, depending on how active you are, how intense the injury is, and how long you’re willing to put up with the treatment. However, Drs. Nicholas Hugentobler and Bryan Broadbent, as well as the rest of us here at Animas Foot & Ankle, understand what can happen if a sprained ankle doesn’t get the proper care.

If you think you might have a sprained ankle, make sure to use the tips mentioned below. You can also make an appointment to come see us at our Durango, Colorado, office today.

What can happen if a sprained ankle isn’t properly cared for?

According to a study, sprained ankles accounted for 1 in 10 visits to the emergency department in the US. This just shows how common the injury is. However, many people don’t realize how problematic it can become if not effectively treated. 

Instead, many Americans simply ignore the need for any treatment or rest and go about their lives on a sprained ankle. This kind of behavior can lead to more serious problems, such as 

The top-notch podiatrists here at Animas Foot & Ankle offer treatment to assure that your sprained ankle doesn’t lead to these worse outcomes.

Necessary care for a sprained ankle 

While many people try to ignore a sprained ankle, others try to treat the condition, but they don’t do so thoroughly enough or long enough. Here are some necessary steps you should take to make sure your sprain doesn’t morph into something worse.

Figure out how severe your sprain is

There are different levels of ankle sprain severity

Grade 1 sprain

A Grade 1 sprain causes mild pain and tenderness, but it usually does not cause bruising and will not make it difficult to bear weight. This type of sprain typically requires 1-3 weeks of recovery time. 

Grade 2 sprain

A Grade 2 sprain creates moderate swelling, tenderness and pain, mild bruising, some joint instability, and pain when walking. It requires 3-6 weeks of recovery time. 

Grade 3 sprain

Finally, a Grade 3 sprain is known as a rupture. It causes severe pain, an inability to bear weight, severe instability, and loss of range of motion. This type of injury requires several months of treatment and recovery time.

If you’re not sure how severe your sprain is, come down to our office and let Drs. Hugentobler and Broadbent take a look. They offer you a clear idea of recovery time as well as the best treatments for your sprain.

Follow RICE protocol

Always follow the RICE protocol for at least the first 24 to 48 hours. Many people learn this in school, but then avoid implementing it when a real problem occurs. The RICE protocol goes as follows:

Give it time

Don’t just wait 24 hours and then pick up your regular routine. Test your ankle’s strength and mobility with exercises and see what you can handle. Never push yourself through the pain or do more than you think you can because this can lead to worsening problems down the line.

Visit the doctor

Drs. Hugentobler and Broadbent will happily take a look at your ankle to see if you require further treatments such as a splint, immobilization, or even surgery. These treatments are less common, but sometimes they’re necessary for a severe sprain. 

What’s more, it’s always better to know how severe your sprain is and to have a clear treatment plan in order to avoid more problems. Don’t take chances with your feet and ankles, when they’re what get you everywhere you go!

Want to make an appointment?

We can set you up with an appointment, Monday through Friday, at our Durango, Colorado, office. Call 970-251-0665, or if you prefer, you can also book an appointment online

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