Ankle fatigue is no joke. There is no one better suited to understand your struggle with ankle discomfort than a podiatrist like Dr. Michele Kurlanski. When you’ve experienced one or more ankle sprains or injuries, the tendons and joints in your ankle might become weakened over time. This is especially true when your ankle sprain or injury was followed by little to no treatment. Even if you simply rested until it felt better, the inner workings of our ankles need more than rest to make them as best as they can be after experiencing an injury. Here are some ideas to keep in mind if and when you experience an injury to your ankle:
Rest & Relaxation
As previously mentioned - while rest is important, it’s not the only way to help treat an injured ankle. That said, rest is by far the most important foundation needed when it comes to healing a hurt ankle.
Talk to Dr. Kurlanski about your options for physical rehabilitation. Ask about what stage of your healing process would be appropriate to start! Rest is helpful, but remaining sedentary for too long after an ankle injury can actually do more harm than good.
Care At Home
When it’s comfortable to do so, giving yourself a gentle massage can help keep your muscle tissues and blood flowing in a sore and swollen ankle. Additionally, wearing compression sleeves can help reduce swelling and keep rejuvenating new blood flowing to your ankle.
Care At Lighthouse Foot and Ankle Center
Don’t go it alone when it comes to recovering from a hurt ankle! Even if you saw your primary doctor when it first happened, your podiatrist is the best doctor to follow up on your long-term care. You could develop other complications after a sprain, like a bone spur on your heel that could trigger plantar fasciitis! Talk to Dr. Kurlanski about your options for treatment, like orthotics or cold laser therapy to ensure continued healing.
There you have it - an arsenal of knowledge for when you or someone you know experiences an ankle injury. Get a head start on the unpredictable and establish care with a trusted podiatrist today. Call Lighthouse Foot and Ankle Center at (207) 774-0028 to schedule your next appointment at our office in Scarborough, Maine.