Why does your ankle sprain still hurt? You might still have foot and ankle pain because the injury has not fully restored. Even though a sprain is not similar as a break, it is often more painful and will definitely take longer to fix. Many people report having foot and ankle pain for many weeks or months before fully recovering from a twist. Although we can go about out daily routines; going to work, shopping, cooking etc, many times because the ankle has not fully recovered (shown by tenderness or swollenness) it leaves a larger percentage potential for a second injury. Foot and ankle pain presented by a sprained ankle should be treated just as seriously as if from a broken ankle.
So how do you travel about recovering from a sprained ankle. Well, as with most injuries, RICE is recommended, but only for your first 48 hours. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation can reduce foot and ankle pain for their early two days as well as prevent swelling and aid in the procedure However after 48 hours RICE loses its effectiveness and your left only with “R” – basically resting till the ankle heals itself. Most people (as I used to), simple judged their healing by how many normal things can do. Yesterday they couldn’t go to work, today they could. Today it took you a while to walk up the stairs,, maybe in a few days it will be easier. Foot and ankle pain is just considered part of the procedure.
But now I like to take an extra proactive conclusion. Although rest is a healthful part of recovery through the injury, rehabilitation is very important. When you don’t start moving that ankle around, the muscles will become static, lose strength, visualize new and different will take more time get to you old self. I a nurse recommend massaging the ankle (firm but are still not rough), stretching, and small exercises to build up hardiness. Although initially I resisted, thinking it only make my foot and ankle pain worse, she finally convinced me and Utilised surprised at the amazing satisfaction! The idea is whenever you don’t push yourself to recover, your ankle will take the easy road to only recover several state of only what’s a necessity. I mean that for can walk up an airplane of stairs, but it’s totally feel the worry in your ankle, wants that you are walk up, but would it not be better if may possibly run up?
That’s why when I sprained my ankle a few months ago, after the 48 hour resting period I immediately began exercising my foot. Nothing stressful of training program.maybe walking to the kitchen, returning to “draw invisible circles” with my big toe, due to being on one foot, and other simple but painful exercises. In just a 7-day period I was walking and down stairs with little pain and in two weeks time I became jogging again. The ankle stayed swollen for a long time nevertheless continued with massages and the size eventually returned to normal. Much faster recover than anything I read online.
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