. The amount of damage done will determine the appropriate action to take and dictate the amount of time necessary to fully heal. The extent of the injury also governs the type of ankle brace that will be appropriate to use.
When an ankle injury occurs it is important to act immediately. Not only will this relieve pain in the short term, but expedited action can significantly reduce the overall healing period and possible further complications. The old mnemonic RICE is generally the first thing you should do when in doubt- Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. This will relieve pain and slow any further damage until it can be examined by a professional.
Depending on the severity of the injury dictates the type of appropriate brace or support aid you can apply to the area. For example, some of the braces have an opened toe and heel section which allow for greater movement and flexibility whist being worn. The open heel also relieves pressure specifically on the Achilles tendon area of the foot. Alternatively there are more thorough braces that offer firm support to the joint of the ankle.
These braces and support products are made out of different materials such as neoprene or elastic which allow the area to breath whilst doing their job admirably.
Although an ankle brace can be purchased online or though chemists without any seeking medical advice it is generally recommended to see a physiotherapist. A physio will advise you on the correct brace to use, how long to use it for, and issue you with some exercises to aid in the rehabilitation process. A sports physiologist is also a good person to see as they can often offer some advice on how to avoid these kinds of injuries in the future.
One of the recommendations a physiologist may recommend is a prophylactic ankle brace designed to reinforce the area whilst sport is being played. As per the old adage ‘prevention is better than the cure’, many ankle braces (or ankle guards) can be purchased to avoid such injuries in the first place. People who simply suffer from weak or unstable ankles have been known to wear ankle braces most days to avoid unnecessary strain to this area.
Luckily ankle braces are not overly expensive, aren’t too complicated and are a recommended ‘stock item’ for any sporting group or club. With proper rest and support a sprained ankle should fully heal within two to three weeks. There are some instances though where injuries have taken as long as twelve months. Please remember as always that if pain persists, or you are experiencing prolonged healing time or repeat symptoms, you contact your General Practitioner or Physiotherapist.
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