Don't go without these tips if your ankle visits injury-ville

Ankle foot anatomy is the most complicated skeletal system in the human body.  There are 26 individual bones and 33 joints in the human foot and ankle.  
Woven between these bones and joints are over 100 ligaments, tendons and muscles. 
Challenges Associated with Ankle Foot Injuries
It’s easy to see how an injury to one of these parts can impact adjacent tissues, bones and ligature. Because of this complexity, there are multiple ways for our feet and ankles to become injured.   
Accurately diagnosing the type and severity of an injury should be done by a health care professional if you are uncertain of the cause or cannot put weight on the extremity.  
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a sprained ankle is caused by tearing of the ligaments while a strained ankle involves “twisting or pulling a muscle or tendon”.   

Treatment and Care of Ankle & Foot Injuries
NIH, the National Institute of Health, states that even “…a mild ankle sprain could need about anything between 3 to 6 weeks of rehabilitation”
Here are a few tips for you to follow
  • Stop using the affected extremity and elevate it immediately 
  • Put a compression bandage or device around the injured area for support
  • Use ice to inhibit and reduce swelling 
While both injuries may feel the same and exhibit similar symptoms, the long-term treatments may differ. Both can worsen if use continues before the injury is properly healed.  

Supplies Commonly Used for Ankle & Foot Injuries
Regardless of the severity of any ankle foot injury, protecting the injured area is necessary to prevent re-injury or further damage to the affected part.
 Protecting devices such as: 
  • For minor sprains and strains where the injury allows standing or walking with minor pain, the Core, Universal Ankle Wrap is an ideal solution, enabling the greatest flexibility while providing support to the ankle or foot 
  • For moderate injuries that requires professional treatment and rehabilitation, the Maverick Sports Medicine Gel Force Support, keeps the skin dry and stabilizes the joints in the ankle  
  • Acute and chronic injuries – including breaks - to the ankle require greater support during rehabilitation.  The Surround Air Ankle Support by Invacare has proven to hasten recovery, according to doctor’s reports.  
Injuries that include significant pain are not relieved by initial home treatment within 48 hours or cause numbness, tingling and redness should be treated by a professional who is familiar with ankle foot anatomy.