Sprained ankles are one of the most common sports injuries and also one of the most difficult to correctly heal. In many instances, a broken leg may cause you fewer problems than a sprained ankle. The problem is that this is all most people do. This is just the very beginning step toward rehabilitating the ankle.
Virtually everyone has at one time or another sustained a twisting injury or sprain to one of their ankles. In fact, sprained ankles represent the most common athletic injury happening today. Despite being so common, the sprained ankle is often misunderstood and under treated. The vast majority of ankle sprains can be treated by taping the ankle or using an ankle brace and ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication followed by a comprehensive sprained ankle rehabilitation program.
A proper sprained ankle rehab program will help strengthen the muscles that support the ankle joint, repair and re-calibrate the position sensors in the foot and restore complete range of motion to the ankle. The body tends to heal very slowly. Left to itself, an ankle injury usually takes about 2-8 weeks to heal, depending on the severity of the injury. But, when you actively rehabilitate it with specific exercises that strengthen it and increase range of motion, the ankle responds very quickly and swelling goes down rapidly.
One of the better methods to lower the chance of a sprain is to boost the amount of power in your ankles. That means your calves, feet and ligaments which permit your ankle joint to maneuver. Should you do this, then you can really enhance your possibilities of never having a sprain (or at least a bad one) again.
To treat an ankle injury in the most effective way possible, you need a program that addresses pain reduction, heals the ankle efficiently, and - most importantly - strengthens the ankle to reduce the risk of recurring neuromuscular damage to the ankle and to other parts of the body as well. If your ankle is weak and inflexible which naturally occurs after an injury, you put yourself at risk for knee, hip, and low back pain. Why? It starts getting pretty technical, but just imagine that your ankle can't move as well as it did before the injury.
When you are finally recovered you should look into getting an ankle brace. These things really help prevent further sprains. Just make sure you buy one that is not too rigid. If it's too tough, you will not be able to run quickly.
As with any injury, recovery time will depend on the seriousness of the sprain. Regardless of the severity, you can speed up the healing process by staying off your ankle and resting it as much as possible. Hydrotherapy Hot footbaths with essential oils of eucalyptus and rosemary should be alternated with cold footbaths with a few drops of essential oil of peppermint added to them.
Balance exercises are one area of ankle sprain recovery that many people overlook...and they are possibly the most important part of any recovery program. In order for your ankle to be stable, the muscles and joints all have to work together efficiently.
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