Ankle rollover injury: What makes it heal faster?

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  1. a529612

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    I just had an ankle rollover injury. Basically my entire body weight landed on my right ankle. That area is now all swollen and painful and I can barely walk. What can I do to make it heal faster other than soaking it in warm water periodically and give it plenty of rest? Thanks!
     
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  2. bcaz

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    Soaking it in warm water has already set you back. ICE for the first 48 hours, along with elevation, compression and rest. Depending on your age, you may be able to rehabilitate the ankle with strengthening and flexibility exercises after the swelling has subsided and healing has begun. A doctor is usually a good thing. Consider ankle support tennis shoes or braces when you come back; low-cut tennis shoes do little to protect the ankle from lateral stress. Don't rush; the ankle does not get a great blood supply and can be slow to heal.
     
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  3. a529612

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    Should I take aspirin to reduce the pain or will it slow down the natural healing process? Thanks!
     
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  4. RKS12

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    Ice 4x per day if you have the time and patience can really shave days off your recovery. I've had over 50 sprains on both sides from 30 years of basketball. Kalassy ankle braces are the best IMO. They kept me playing both sports without having ankle ligament surgery. Chang used to wear them.
     
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  5. MTXR

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    Use a contrast bath


    have 2 buckets of water that you can fully submerge your ankle in.

    one at 115F another at about 60F

    soak in hot water for 10 mins than cold for 1 than hot for 4.

    it goes, 10 hot, 1 cold, 4 hot, 1 cold, 4 hot, 1 cold, 4hot, 1cold, 4hot.

    Do this once or twice daily.
     
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  6. a529612

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    Isn't warm water a big no-no for ankle sprain recovery??
     
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  8. gokou703

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    remember to elevate your ankle too!!
     
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  9. a529612

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    Can I swim in the pool for moderate cardio sessions to keep myself fit during recovery?
     
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  10. SB

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    When I sprained my ankle, flutter kicking hurt more than anything else I did while I was recovering. And I mean, just swimming from the diving board to the side of the pool.

    Maybe a stationary bike would be better. My doctor told me it was okay to wear my splint and pedal, so long as it didn't hurt.
     
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  11. netman

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    Rest will heal it. Anything else will set you up for problems in the future. Simple equation. Quicker return requires you to trade future health. Hard to comprehend when you are young, but if you don't give it proper time to heal completely, it will come back to haunt you in the future. So decide how important getting back quickly is versus long term viability. If you are going to make big bucks by returning quicker, it might be worth it. Otherwise, I'd think seriously about giving it plenty of rest until you can go full speed with no pain.

    If you choose instant gratification over proper healing, the fraternity of sports medicine docs thanks you and looks forward to making good money off of you in the future. :)

    -k-
     
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  12. MTXR

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    hot water is not, when using a contrast bath.

    Its suppost to pump blood in and hot of the area.

    Thats what my physical therapist told me to do when i had my ankle injury.

    One of the many things i am supposed to do.
     
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  13. gokou703

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    you aren't suppose to heat the ankle until 3-4 days after the injury depending on how severe the ankle sprain may be. i'm a kinesiology major focusing on physical therapy. applying heat to a swollen inury will not help the healing process. you must compress, ice, and elevate the ankle to reduce all swelling. after the selling has gone down after a few days then you can apply heat and reintroducing high blood flow to the injury. it is that time when heat and increased blood flow will bring much needed nutrients that will assist the healing process
     
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    The swelling hasn't completely gone away after 2 weeks of rest. I can walk without pain but not running. It hurts when I try to do stretching. Is this normal?
     
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    I think so. Try the stationary bike, slowly.
     
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  16. netman

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    Its normal for what sounds like a pretty severe sprain. Just give it some more time and keep gently massaging and lightly stretching it to help keep the tissue loose.

    Remember, until you can go full speed with no pain, you still have injured tissue.

    -k-
     
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