Why Are Anti-Inflammatory Medications Recommended After An Injury?
West Chester, Newtown Square and Audubon PA - Podiatrist Ted Mushlin, DPM
Dr. Ted Mushlin of Podiatry Care Specialists, P.C. discusses Foot Injury and Ankle Injury treatment with Anti-Inflammatory Medications.
Recurring or persistent (chronic) pain on the outer side of the ankle often develops after an injury, such as a sprained ankle.
The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society identifies both conservative and surgical treatment methods to alleviate this pain. Conservative treatments include:
• Anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce swelling.
• Physical therapy, including tilt-board exercises directed at strengthening the muscles, restoring range of motion, and increasing the perception of joint position.
• An ankle brace or other support.
• An injection of a steroid medication.
• In the case of a fracture, immobilization to allow the bone to heal.
Almost half of all people who sprain their ankle once will experience additional ankle sprains and/or chronic pain. You can help prevent chronic pain from developing by following these simple steps:
• Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and complete the prescribed physical rehabilitation program.
• Do not return to activity until cleared by your physician.
• When you do return to sports, use an ankle brace rather than taping the ankle. Bracing is more effective than taping in preventing ankle sprains.
• If you wear hi-top shoes, be sure to lace them properly and completely.
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