Common Causes and Symptoms
Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries sustained by athletes, because of the repetitive force on the ankle joint. But you don't have to be an athlete to suffer an ankle injury.
The ligaments surrounding the ankle support a full range of motion provided they are not put in an awkward position.
The causes of an ankle sprain are simple, unfortunately we can't alwAys predict the stability of our footing. While an ankle can be injured by an awkward landing there are some factors that make us more susceptible to an ankle sprain. Before considering these factors let us first remember that we are discussing the feet and anything that compromises our footing puts us at risk of injury.
These other influences include stepping on uneven surfaces, obesity, not thoroughly warming up supportive muscle groups, incorrect footwear and previous ankle injuries that could have weakened the ankle.
Following an ankle sprain you will experience one or all of these symptoms in varying degrees depending on the severity of the injury.
Upon spraining your ankle you will feel acute and localized pain and it will be difficult to stand with any weight on the injured ankle. Depending on the severity of the sprain there will be mild to heavy swelling of the ankle as blood surrounds the injured tissue and this will continue over the next 24 hours as more fluid leaks into the area.
Because of this leaky fluid and blood the tissues may also feel warm and may turn ecchymotic (bruised). Furthermore, the area will be very sensitive to touch and may throb. If the pain continues to be severe over the next week despite cold compression treatments you should contact your doctor immediately to ensure you have not suffered a more serious injury such as a fracture.
Severe or repeated mild sprains may lead to an irritation and thickening of the injured ligaments that could cause some complication at the ankle joint.
For those who have sprained an ankle it is often the case that the injury occurs again. Recurring ankle sprains may point to a condition called "ankle instability". This is a chronic condition and usually develops because a previous ankle sprain has not fully healed leaving the ligaments stretched and prone to reinjury.
Chronic ankle instability is often accompanied by repeated rolling over of the lateral side (outer) of the ankle and continual pain and swelling.
Ankle Injury Treatments
Allowing your ankle to rest is always recommended when you are suffering from a sprain, fracture, tendinitis, bursitis or other ankle injury. During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort in your ankle until the pain and inflammation settle.
Fortunately, there are healing tools that can help treat your ankle injury to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation while speeding up the healing process so you can get back to a life without pain and risk of further injury.
Cold Compression Therapy
Doctors recommend using cold compression as soon as possible following an ankle injury, like a sprain, and after any re-injury. This will reduce pain and swelling and minimize tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries like tendon tears and tendinitis.
The Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® treats pain and swelling in an effective and convenient way.
The wrap is adjustable which allows you to control the compression to a level that is comfortable for you and the gel packs are chilled in the fridge not the freezer. This eliminates the risk of cryoburn, or 'cold burns', on your skin that can be cause by ice and strandard freezer gel packs.
With ColdCure Technology® Technology of our uniquely designed gel packs, you can also wear the Freezie Wrap® for longer treatments so you can enjoy even more relief from your ankle pain!
Cold Compression Therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through your ankle ligaments and tendons and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal your ankle faster and with less pain!
The deep cooling effect provided by the Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® gives you the fast, effective relief your sore ankle has been looking for!
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Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
Once inflammation has been reduced, nourishing and strengthening the tendon or ligament tissue and surrounding area is recommended.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™, or BFST®, will speed your recovery and heal your ankle more completely preparing them for strengthening exercises.
BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your ankle to nourish your tendons and ligaments, improving elasticity and accelerating the healing process.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ treatments increase your body's natural healing power. In addition, the fresh blood flow whisks away dead cells and toxins that have built up from tendonitis and tissue damage leaving the area clean and able to heal faster. Our Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
Continued use of BFST® even after your ankle has healed will help to maintain the health of the ligaments and tendons in your ankle and prepare them for any activities you enjoy.
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With these easy-to-use, home therapies you will notice incredible improvement in your ankle. You will have less pain and stronger tendons to get yourself back on your feet again. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!
NOTE: We recommend that you consult your doctor and/or physiotherapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they're right for you and your condition.
Please be aware that this information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.