Get Treated for an Ankle Injury – Avalon Podiatry – Los Angeles – West Covina


How to treat Ankle Injuries?

In the case of a fracture, the injured ankle will be treated surgically or non-surgically. If only one bone is broken, the bones are not out of place and the ankle is stable, the ankle can be treated non-surgically by putting on a brace or a cast.

If the ankle is not stable, the fracture needs to be treated surgically with a metal plate and/or screws in order to stabilize the bones. After the surgery, a splint is used to protect the ankle until swelling subsides and a cast can be applied.

It normally takes at least six weeks for fractures to heal. It is important to keep weight off the ankle during that time so the bones can heal properly.

Tendons and ligaments can take longer to heal. While most people are able to resume their regular daily routine within three to four months, it can take as long as two years to completely recover full pain-free motion and strength.

Once it is safe to start moving the ankle, physical therapy may be required to regain strength, balance, and mobility in the ankle. The therapist will create a regimen that can be done at home for several months until normal function is regained.

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Treatments for Ankle Sprains

The treatment for sprains depends on the severity of the injury. They are graded as mild, moderate, or severe. Surgery is not usually a treatment option unless the damage is extensive, involves more than the ligaments, or when other treatment options fail.

Mild Sprains

Mild sprains — called grade 1 — are treated with the RICE approach for several days until the pain and swelling improve. With a mild sprain, you won’t need a splint or a cast. Your doctor will tell you to put weight on the ankle fairly soon — within one to three days — as long as you can tolerate it and will prescribe range of motion, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

Moderate Sprains

If your sprain is classified as moderate, or grade 2, the doctor will use the RICE approach but allow more time for healing to occur. The doctor may also use a device such as a boot or a splint to immobilize the ankle. You will be given exercises to do first to improve range of motion and then to stretch and strengthen the ankle. The doctor may also prescribe physical therapy to help you regain full use of your ankle.

Severe Sprains

Grade 3 or a severe sprain involves a complete tear or rupture of a ligament and takes considerably longer to heal. It’s treated with immobilization of the joint followed by a longer period of physical therapy for range of motion, stretching, and strength building. Occasionally, especially if the sprain does not heal in a reasonable time, surgery will be considered for reconstructing the torn ligaments.

Avalon Podiatry works with Board Certified Podiatrists in the Greater Los Angeles area. They are committed to patient care and wellness which gives you the security of partnering up with a specialist who will guide you through a journey to overall foot and ankle health from your consultation till after your treatment.

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Get Treated for an Ankle Injury – Avalon Podiatry – Los Angeles – West Covina November 20, 2015

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