Unfortunately, it is all too easy to sprain an ankle. A quick slip here or missed step there, then your ankle is twisted around the corner if care is not taken. This can be uncomfortable, painful and restrict your movement.
Spraining an ankle occurs when you twist or turn your ankle in another direction. This can stretch or tear the ligaments that hold your ankle bones together.
Ligaments help keep joints in place, preventing too much movement. When your ligaments are forced more than the normal movement they control, then you get a sprained ankle.
Most moderate ankle injuries take about 5 to 14 days to heal. However, more severe ankle sprains can take 4 to 6 weeks to heal well.
The symptoms include:
Pain, and tenderness when you feel the ankle
You may not be able to walk or bear weight on the leg
You may notice swelling, bruise or both
The muscle may tighten
At the time of injury, there was a popping sound
Reasons you may sprain your ankle: The ankle helps to move the leg, so you may have a fall more often if you're in haste or mindless of your steps.
The risk factors include;
Participating in sports activities such as running, jumping, jogging, playing football or even walking.
If you've had a previous ankle injury
Wearing the wrong footwear
When you're not balanced, unstable or in a poor physical condition such as bowleg deformities.
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How do you treat a sprained ankle at home?
Perhaps, you were running down the stairs and you mistakenly twisted your ankle, In the very first few hours you should ensure you take pain-relieving medication, and then start to treat at home. Below, I have shared a quick guide for treatment:
Quickly refrain from any strenuous activities that will put pressure on your sprained ankle.
Gently place an ice block on your sprained ankle for about 30 minutes every 2-3 hours. If there's no ice, a sachet of cold water or frozen fruit or vegetable can be wrapped in a handkerchief and placed over the swollen ankle.
Carefully wrap a bandage or a piece of the clean long towel around the injured ankle, but not too tight that you feel numbness. Try to remove it before you go to bed.
It won't be easy having a hurtful ankle, so try to raise your sprained ankle as much as you can. At night, use a pillow to rest the twisted ankle and during the day, use a stool or small table. After 2-3 days, you should feel slight pain and it should be good enough to use your leg without much difficulty. If you still feel pain and the swollen ankle hasn't reduced in size, see a doctor because it may be a broken ankle.
Hope this is helpful.
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