• I twisted my ankle, HELP

    by Howard Kimmel, DPM
    on Apr 14th, 2019

So how manyn times has this happened to you. You are walking down the street and you step off a curb and your foot goes in towards your other foot. Maybe your playing basketball with your kid and you go up for a rebound and your foot turns outward because you landed on someones foot. These are very common things that occur. So what do you to treat this.

Dr. KImmel was an athletic trainer in college at the University of South Florida, so he has treated many ankle sprains among the athletes. These easiset thing to remeber is the pneumonic RICE. So what is RICE. R stands for REST. What does that mean, do you walk or run of your injury? The answer is no. Depending on how bad the sprain, you should put either minimal or no weight on your foot. This can last for a couple of days or a 12 weeks. Next, is ICE. You should put ice on the injured area for at least 72 hours, then after you can switch to heat. Most the swelling occurs within the first 72 hours, so at that point you need to get rid of the swelling. What the heat does is open the blod vessels to get the swelling out. C stands for COMPRESSSION. Most people have an ace bandage arounf the house. Compression keeps the swelling down/helps decrease the amount of swelling. E stands for ELEVATION. By keeping the leg up, this decreases the effect of gravity on swelling. It will help decreases the swelling.

The question one can ask themselves is do you sprain your ankle on a reagular basis. Some times a pair of custom orthotics or a custom brace will do the trick. The reason that most people sprain their ankle a lot is either they have week ligaments that need to be reinforced by a simple surgical procedure. Other times the heel bone might be in a fixed position, so in this case the heel bone needs to be straightened.

Call Dr. Kimmel at Buckeye Foot Care for further evaluation.

Author Howard Kimmel, DPM Dr. Howard M. Kimmel, DPM provides advanced care for foot problems for patients in Brook Park, Willoughby, and Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Kimmel offers wound care, orthotic devices, comprehensive foot and ankle surgery, and several other forms of Podiatric treatment at Buckeye Foot Care. He is the only podiatrist in the state of Ohio to have a residency in pediatric foot and ankle problems. Dr. Kimmel is dedicated to providing patients in Ohio with top-notch care for foot and ankle problems, wound care, and other related issues. He also continues to build on his knowledge of podiatry and remains up-to-date on the latest technology and treatments in the podiatry field.

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