Use of Braces for Ankle Sprains

Braces and splints play a vital role in the management and rehabilitation of foot and ankle injuries, particularly ankle sprains. These supportive devices are designed to immobilize and protect the affected joint. They also help to reduce pain and swelling, which can accelerate the healing process. For acute ankle sprains, the use of a functional ankle brace has been shown to be more effective than immobilization or compression wraps. This is true not only in terms of enhancing functional outcomes but also in preventing future ankle sprains. However, it is essential to seek professional guidance from a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs. A podiatrist can assess the severity of the injury and recommend the most suitable brace or splint, ensuring correct sizing, fit, and length of use. Selecting the wrong brace or splint or using it incorrectly may impede healing or even worsen the symptoms. Also, prolonged use of a brace without proper rehabilitation may lead to joint stiffness and muscle weakness, increasing the risk of further complications. If you have sustained an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to ensure optimal recovery and prevent recurrent injuries.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Frank Henry, DPM from Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Marble Falls, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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