You know, at some point in time many of us are going to sustain an ankle injury of some type. Hi, I’m Captain Joe Bruni, and what I’m going to talk about is how to properly treat a sprained ankle. A sprained ankle can be a pretty painful experience. The first step is to remove the foot covering including the shoe, and sock if the person is wearing one to evaluate the injury; taking care to try and loosen it up as much as possible to avoid causing the victim further pain. It may also be necessary to lay the victim down.
And try to get the ankle as higher in the chest region to help reduce blood flow to the area temporarily. Once the shoe and the sock have been removed we can begin to assess the foot region and the ankle to see if there is discoloration, deformity, and swelling. Normally, with an ankle sprain, swelling will happen very quickly. So, it’s important to apply some type of cold compress or some type of ice pack to that area, temporarily, for approximately ten to fifteen minutes, removing it to avoid a cold injury from the ice or.
The ice pack. after ten or fifteen minutes of the skin rewarming itself, this can also be applied again. Also, while the skin is rewarming itself, some type of elastic bandage or pressure bandage can be applied to help stabilize that ankle and foot region. Once the pressure bandage is applied, again reapply the ice or the cold pack for ten minute intervals to fifteen minute intervals. In this way, you’ll help to reduce pain and swelling. It also may be necessary to take the person to the emergency department for an xray to evaluate.
Lateral Sprained Ankle Stretches Exercises Ask Jo
Hey everybody, it’s jo, and today i’m gonna show you some stretches and exercises for a lateral ankle sprain. Let’s get started. The first thing you’re gonna do is stretch out your calf muscle. So you can take a strap. You can use a dog leash. You can use a belt, or you can use a large towel. Whatever you have handy. But what you want to do is make sure and wrap it around the ball of your foot. You don’t want it on your toes, and you don’t.
Want it down in the arch of your foot because you don’t want it coming back and smacking you, but you want to get a nice stretch. So just wrap it around the ball of the foot there. Relax your foot, don’t try and actively move it, and just pull with the strap towards you until you feel a nice stretch in the back calf area right there. And hold that stretch for about 30 seconds. Relax. And do that 3 times. So just get that nice stretch in there. After you stretch it out a little bit, then grab a resistive band and if you want to,.
Grab a foam roller so you can prop your foot up. if you don’t have a roller, that’s fine. You can wrap up a big towel, but you want to have it so your heel is hanging off so you can have some good movement in your ankle. Again, make sure that you put the band around the ball of your foot because you don’t want it coming back and smacking you in the face. But you want to be able to get some good movement in there. Just wrapping around there and then slowly. See how it rolls off a little bit. Happens to everybody. Slowly push down, and.
Then slowly come back up. so really trying to control this movement. and if you feel like your ankle’s doing like this, which it might if you have that sprain, then take off some of the resistance cause you want to be able to control that foot coming down and then coming back up. And try and get that full motion if you can. Now if this is painful, then don’t use the band and just do the motion cause your ankle might not be ready for the resistive band yet. So just start off with about 10 of those, if those are easy then.
You can work your way up from there. so now, put a little knot in the band so you have a loop. Make sure it’s tight so it doesn’t pop out on you. This time, you’re gonna use your other foot kind of as an anchor. Put it underneath and prop your other one up and over. Now you’re gonna do an inversion movement coming this way, so you want the knot to be on the opposite side. So I’m gonna put it here, and I’m gonna wrap that band around the other foot as an anchor and then pull in towards me. Now try and keep your whole.
Leg still. you don’t want to be doing this, but you really want that movement at the ankle. Now you can also have somebody bold on to the band, but if your by yourself for a little bit and you want to do those exercises, that’s how you do it. You anchor it around that way. Now to get the eversion, you change the placement of the knot to the inside cause now you’re gonna do the eversion that way. And then anchor it around the other foot like that. And then come out and back in. Again try and keep the top part of the leg fairly straight. It’s.
Not this. but getting that movement at the ankle. alright, the next exercises are gonna be standing up. Now I’m gonna do a standing calf stretch. So bring the foot back that you want to stretch. Keep your foot facing forward, and keep your heel down. Make sure you have something nice and sturdy to hold on to like a chair or a counter top. Keep that heel down, and bend this knee forward until you feel a stretch in the back of the leg right there. Come forward, hold that stretch for about 30 seconds, come back and do 3 of.
Those. make sure that heel is down. if it comes up, you’re not gonna get that stretch. So make sure it’s down and get a nice big stretch there. Then you’re gonna come up. Put your feet about shoulder width apart, and you’re gonna do a heel raise. So just bring your heels up off the ground and slowly coming back down. Make sure you’ve got something sturdy to hold on to for balance, just in case you need it, but again make sure you’re coming down nice and slow. Working those muscles in both directions. Coming up and coming back.