Sprained Ankle is probably one of the most well-known injuries in the population and one of the illnesses worst treated by our hospital medicine. In this article we explain 4 tips so you can heal a sprain in the most effective way.
What is a sprained ankle?
The sprained ankle involves a tear or tear, of greater or lesser degree, of one or several ligaments of the ankle. In the ankle the ligaments can be broken both from the external part as well as from the internal part, but the most frequent one and the one that occurs in almost all cases is concretely in the external lateral ligaments.
Signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle
This rupture or partial tear of the ligament, causes a hemorrhage or bleeding, which in the case of the ankle is shown very quickly, appreciating in the area of injury a bulge in the form of half egg of purple or red color. Added to this spill, the foot is losing its normal mobility due to pain and limitation of movement that represents the increase of fluid in the ankle (the fluid limits movement), which makes difficult to a greater or lesser degree, the ability to walk so that a limp appears progressively.
Tips for treating an ankle sprain
Depending on how this sprain is treated from the first moment and the following days, we will achieve an early recovery and without sequelae. On the contrary, a badly treated sprain can end up becoming a chronic problem with multiple consequences not only in the ankle, which in the long term will also affect the knees, hips and back.
It is vital to treat it correctly the first 2-3 days from the twist
The treatment will have different shades, if it is a mild to moderate or moderate to severe sprain.
A grade 1 or 2 sprain is simply the partial tear of the ligaments that stabilize the ankle. In this video we explain what you should do in case you have a partial tear of the ankle ligaments during the first days.
As you could observe, in the first days it is always convenient to:
– Apply cold compresses or apply cold using an ice pack
– Move the ankle as much as possible, support even if pain allows
– Take physiotherapy treatments
– Apply a functional ankle bandage (to protect the ankle from the movement that caused the injury)
Sprain of ankle grade 2-3 (moderate-severe) – Treatment in acute or recent phase
In a grade 2 or 3 sprain, the magnitude of the rupture of the ligaments that stabilize the ankle is much more serious. In this video we explain what you should do in case you have a grade 2 or 3 rupture of the ankle ligaments during the first days.
Treatment in moderate to severe ankle sprain consists of:
– Red clay plaster with red wine vinegar for reduction and reabsorption of the hematoma
– Take homeopathy treatments (9HC arnica)
– Also move the ankle as much as possible, support even if the pain allows it. If it is not possible, the movement of the ankle moves the toes
– Apply a functional bandage (to protect the ankle from the movement that caused the injury)
– Use cold compresses or ice packs
– Never immobilize a sprain using a plaster splint
Why NOT immobilize a sprain or ankle sprain?
Formerly, in the event of a sprained ankle, he would be scaled for 15 or 30 days. Nowadays, a sprained ankle is no longer cast. You want to know why? In the event that the sprain is not accompanied by a fracture it is best not to immobilize. The immobilization only produces atrophy of the muscles and loss of proprioception (one of our most important senses, since it allows us to locate our body in the space that surrounds us).
A red clay poultice with red vinegar is an unbeatable remedy for the first days
One of the best natural remedies for the resorption of a hematoma produced by a sprain is the red clay poultice with red wine vinegar. It is used since ancient times and is excellent, not only for sprains, but for any bruise that must be reabsorbed.
Making a functional bandage to start walking as soon as possible
The functional bandage is a bandage that, applied to the ankle, restricts the movement that caused the sprain; however, it allows other movements to be carried out freely. With this bandage it is possible to maintain the mobility of the ankle.