The term 'sprained' or 'twisted' is used to describe damage to the ligaments present in the ankle, most commonly caused by a sharp twisting, turning or rolling motion. The severity is graded on a scale of 1 to 3, with 3 being the most painful.
Ligaments are long and thin flexible yet tough fibrous tissue. They are used by the body to connect bones, cartilage and keep joints together. They can generally withstand quite a lot of force for their size however when they are stretched past their limit they develop tears in their fibres and it is this tearing which causes the pain.
As mentioned earlier, ankle sprains are graded on a scale of 1 to 3. Simply, it's used to signify the level of tearing which has occurred. However, even a level 1 sprain can feel very painful and difficult to walk on. At the other end of the scale if you've been unfortunate enough to suffer a grade 3 sprain then you are likely going through an extremely painful experience.
A sprained ankle treatment which you can do at home is following the guidelines of PRICE. This stands for Protection, Rest, Icing, Compression and Elevation.
Act fast, the early stages are the most important and the quicker you apply PRICE to your ankle the faster your recovery time will be. This can be extremely important if you've still got the pressures and strains of life to contend with. The quicker you are back on your feet the better.
Let's run through these one by one.
Wearing a support can accelerate healing by giving your ankle the time and stability it needs for your body to repair the damaged ligaments. If you've recently sprained your ankle, take the time to regularly ice the swelling when you're not wearing the support.
Taking these precautions will help to speed up your healing and get you back on track in the following ways.
This is the perfect time to grab yourself an ankle support to provide your ankle added protection over the next 4 to 6 weeks. The Essential Wellness Reinforcing Ankle Support has an additional reinforcing strap which can be wrapped around the part of your ankle which needs the greatest level of protection and support. Perfect for if your sprain is higher up in the ankle or lower down towards the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel.
In terms of your next steps, hopefully by now you've got your foot up above your hip with a frozen pack of the local supermarkets finest garden peas cooling your ankle, taking some of that inflammation away.
Make sure to purchase an ankle brace to support your recovery, as whichever way you look at it protecting, supporting and compressing your ankle will shave a significant number of days off your recovery time. There isn't an exact science when choosing which one to go for.
If your pain isn't too bad or swelling is your main consideration then go for the ankle compression sleeve.
The ankle brace is rigid and gives the maximum amount of support if you've been unlucky enough to suffer a grade 3 sprain.
Finally, the reinforcing ankle support is the all-rounder and if you are unsure which support to choose, this is the one. It gives enough compression to rival the sleeve while being able to open out fully in order to put your tender foot into it. And, the reinforcing strap means you can support the exact area which is damaged.