Sprained Ankle Treatment

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A sprained ankle can happen to anyone at anytime. Most frequently, people sprain their ankle when they fall, jump and land unevenly on their feet or miss a step on an uneven pavement. When this happens, your ankle may be forced into an unnatural position, stretching the ligaments that hold your ankle bones together too much. Ankle sprains can range in severity, from a minor one which may just need you to rest a bit, to one where you may need to have it medically evaluated. Symptoms include bruising, swelling, pain when you step on your foot, restricted range of motion in the foot as well as instability in the ankle.

At YAPCHANKOR, we have helped many people seeking sprained ankle treatment in Malaysia, particularly chronic ankle sprain sufferers get back on their feet. We understand that a sprained ankle can really affect your daily activities, from walking, running and playing sports. Some of our patients are also embarrassed to be seen in public walking in crutches. These are all normal feelings of people who have had their normal lives affected by pain. We also know that you may have tried other treatments that did not work and are feeling frustrated that the pain and stiffness has not gone away.

Step 1: Diagnosis

During your first visit to us for your sprained ankle treatment, our physiotherapist will examine your ankle, foot and lower leg for areas of tenderness and to check your range of motion. We will also ask you to rate your pain on a scale of zero to 10 and discuss how well you’re functioning with your pain. We focus on real results for our patient, so we make a strong effort to measure your progress throughout our treatment, sometimes with photos and videos too.

If you have already seen a doctor or tried any other treatments, it will be helpful if you brought the report or any X-ray, MRIs or CT scans that you may have.

Step 2: Treatment

Our sprained ankle treatment for your foot speeds up the healing of your ankle. We use a combination treatment –  Chinese medicine (externally-applied patches) and Western physiotherapy. If you are suffering from severe pain, our goal will first be to reduce the pain, swelling and tenderness first. Conventional treatment usually just recommends R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation). We increase the effectiveness of your body’s healing processes with our proven anti-inflammatory Chinese medicine patches.

Once the pain has reduced, our physiotherapists will apply a variety of treatments, such as massage / muscle release techniques, heat, TENs (electrical stimulation), and ultrasound to relax your joint and the muscles and soft tissues around it. Every treatment comes with our custom made herbal medicine patches to wrap around your affected foot after the physiotherapy session. These patches are worn by the patient for at least 12 hours, and help with reducing pain and inflammation as well as improving blood circulation and healing rates.

As your ankle improves over the course of our treatment, our physiotherapist will teach you strengthening exercises for your lower leg muscles. Once you’ve sprained your ankle, it is easy to sprain it again, so you will need to regularly perform the exercises taught tomaintain and improve the strength in the muscles and soft tissues around your ankle joint.

Step 3: Results

Your recovery will depend on the initial severity of your ankle sprain. New acute sprains will heal faster than chronic ones. However, typically our ankle sprain patients will experience a return to normal function within a few days to a week. It’s important that you are also not putting too much pressure on your ankle during our treatment. Our physiotherapist will advise you on when you can go back to normal activities. Wearing the patches on your foot is not going to impede movement, but you may need to wear sandals or slippers.

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