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Use of Braces for Ankle Sprains

Braces and splints play a vital role in the management and rehabilitation of foot and ankle injuries, particularly ankle sprains. These supportive devices are designed to immobilize and protect the affected joint. They also help to reduce pain and swelling, which can accelerate the healing process. For acute ankle sprains, the use of a functional ankle brace has been shown to be more effective than immobilization or compression wraps. This is true not only in terms of enhancing functional outcomes but also in preventing future ankle sprains. However, it is essential to seek professional guidance from a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs. A podiatrist can assess the severity of the injury and recommend the most suitable brace or splint, ensuring correct sizing, fit, and length of use. Selecting the wrong brace or splint or using it incorrectly may impede healing or even worsen the symptoms. Also, prolonged use of a brace without proper rehabilitation may lead to joint stiffness and muscle weakness, increasing the risk of further complications. If you have sustained an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to ensure optimal recovery and prevent recurrent injuries.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Care Centers of Palm Beach. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Boynton Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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