Here at York Foot Orthotics and Bracing, we help people with all kinds of foot, leg, or joint pain. One of the most common symptoms that we treat is ankle pain, which can be caused by a variety of different things. If you are experiencing ankle pain, keep reading to learn a few things you can do to reduce it. We’ll also go over when you should seek professional medical help for your pain.
- The RICE Method. One of the best ways to reduce ankle pain caused by a sprain or injury is to use the RICE method. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation—in other words, stay off your feet, apply ice to the injury, wear a compression bandage, and prop your ankle on cushions or pillows so that it’s higher than your knee. Of course, depending on the specific nature of your injury, your doctor may recommend additional or alternative methods, so make sure that you talk to them first.
- Wear Supportive Footwear. Another method you can use to reduce ankle pain, whether that pain is caused by an injury or by a more chronic problem, is to wear supportive shoes or braces. Our team can fit you for custom orthotics that will help support a healthy gait and reduce stress on your ankle and the rest of your joints. If you are on your feet a lot or are experiencing frequent ankle pain for any reason, it may be time to look into this long-term solution.