No one likes feeling sore—especially when you’re hard at work or trying to enjoy vacation with your family. Ankle pain is hard to live with because you can’t exactly run away from it. Unless you use crutches or a wheelchair, your ankles withstand a lot of wear and tear daily. But if you find yourself dealing with a sprain or other minor injury, these are our best tips for nixing the pain—even just until you’re able to get into the office for a checkup.
- Ice, Ice Baby: Cold compresses are ideal for lowering swelling and inflammation, which are often the culprits for most of your discomfort. If you don’t have vascular disease or another similar condition, try 15-20 minutes and see how your ankle feels.
- Take It Easy: Rest is great to minimize stress on the body so you can heal. The more you can stay off that ankle until pain and swelling go down, the better.
- Keep It Up: Lifting your leg higher than your heart (especially while sleeping) will drain excess fluid in a snap to heal ankle pain.
Ankle pain is no joke, but these easy practices are tried-and-true options that should stabilize the situation so you can get back to living your best life. If you find yourself in an even worse situation, give us a call anytime. Our experienced and licensed practitioners at York Foot Orthotics and Bracing will help you figure out the best treatment plan for your body and lifestyle.