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Benefits of Using Ankle Sprain Braces

One of the best ways to heal from an ankle sprain is by using a brace. These orthotic devices not only accelerate healing, but they may help to prevent re-injury. An ankle sprain brace allows you to move the ankle, which is deemed important to the healing process, while providing stability to the joint. Research shows that moving the ankle joint stimulates the repair of injured tissue. A brace allows you to move the joint while simultaneously protecting the ligaments from becoming over stretched. These types of devices help to reduce swelling and pain, in addition to increasing the joint’s ability to know where it is, called proprioception. At the same time, a brace allows the ankle to move up and down, but prevents it from moving inward or outward. As a result, you can walk without reinjuring the sprained ligament. Because there is not a one-size fits-all ankle sprain device, choosing the one that is best for you can be a challenge. In order for your sprained ankle to safely heal, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for guidance in choosing an ankle sprain bracing device. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor 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 offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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