Why does your ankle sprain still hurt? You can still have foot and ankle pain because the injury has not fully brought back. Even though a sprain is not the same as a break, could be often more painful may possibly take longer to get back. Many people report having foot and ankle pain for months and months or months before fully recovering from a sprain. 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 prospects for a second injury. Foot and ankle pain resulting from a sprained ankle ought to treated just as seriously as if from a broken ankle.
So how do heading about recovering from a sprained ankle. Well, along with most injuries, RICE is recommended, but only for that first 48 hours. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation can reduce foot and ankle pain for the first two days as well as prevent swelling and aid in the healing process 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 they could do. Yesterday they couldn’t go to work, today they could. Today it took you a while to walk up the stairs,, maybe in several days it will be easier. Foot and ankle pain is just considered part of the procedure.
But now I prefer to take purifies proactive choices. Although rest is a fit part of recovery on the injury, rehabilitation is also very important. If you don’t start moving that ankle around, the muscles will become static, lose strength, and yes it will take more time get in order to you old self. We 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 always be only make my foot and ankle pain worse, she finally convinced me and I was surprised at the amazing satisfaction! The idea is if you don’t push yourself to recover, your ankle will take the easy road to recover several state of only what’s desired. I mean that in order to can walk up a flight of stairs, but absolutely feel the strain in your ankle, danger that you are walk up, but wouldn’t it be better if you could run up?
That’s why when I sprained my ankle several months ago, after the 48 hour resting period I immediately began exercising my leg. Nothing stressful of instruction.maybe walking to the kitchen, returning to “draw invisible circles” with my big toe, located on one foot, and other simple but painful exercises. In just a weekend I was walking and down stairs with little pain at the same time two weeks time I became jogging for a second time. The ankle stayed swollen for a relatively good time however continued with massages along with the size eventually returned on track. Much faster recover than anything I read online.
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