How to Treat a Sprained Ankle Faster?
Many people have sprained an ankle at some point in their life.
It is estimated that in the UK there are approximately 5,600 ankle sprain incidents a day, which account for 3-5% of all emergency department visits in the UK.
Athletes are especially familiar with sprained ankles as they are the most common type of sports injury.
How to Treat a Sprained Ankle?
See a doctor right away if you experience extreme pain, severe swelling or limited range of motion.
You should also start a traditional RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, elevation) as soon as possible in order to control the body’s natural inflammatory response.
The first 24-48 hours after the injury are considered a critical treatment period.
Let’s look at what RICE stands for in more detail:
- REST – Stay off the injured foot for a few days and get ample rest. Try to use crutches or a cane if you have to move around.
- ICE – Place an ice pack on your ankle for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours for the first 2 days to bring down the swelling and ease the pain.
- COMPRESSION –Apply a static or elastic compression bandage to limit swelling. The compression needs to be snug, not tight.
- ELEVATION – Keep your ankle higher than your heart as often as possible. This will improve blood circulation and reduce swelling.
How Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Help to Treat Sprained Ankles Faster?
During a medical examination, your doctor will examine your ankle and determine the best treatment for you.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help to speed up your ankle sprain recovery.
Sprain injuries restrict the vital flow of oxygen and red blood cells to the damaged area. As a result, cells and tissues surrounding the injury become starved for oxygen, which impedes healing.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has the ability to treat all injured and damaged tissues, facilitating the body’s ability to initiate and support the natural healing process.
During sprained ankle recovery, your body is doing a lot of work to repair itself. Extra oxygen and nutrients will help these injured tissues to recover faster.
People usually get faster relief for the following conditions in our clinic:
How Exactly Does HBOT Work?
Let us help you get better. HBOT is a simple, pain-free and non-invasive way of giving your body more oxygen. It involves entering a private, purpose-built, state-of-the-art chamber and breathing in higher concentrations of oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure.
Most clinics operate a multi-person chamber offering only 1.4-1.6 times the normal atmospheric pressure. Here at the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre in Mayfair, London, we offer single-person chambers with up to 2 times the normal pressure. This allows patients to read, relax, meditate or listen to music without disturbance or interruption, while the pressure conditions increase your oxygen intake by 10-15 times.
For those of you who are not clear on what sprained ankles are exactly, we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions below.
What Is a Sprained Ankle?
A sprained ankle is an injury that involves the fibrous tissues, also known as ligaments, in your ankle being either torn or stretched, resulting in pain and swelling.
This normally takes place when you roll, twist or bend your ankle beyond its normal range of motion.
Broadly speaking, ankle sprains can be classified into two categories:
- a) Low ankle sprains (when the ankle rolls inward)
- b) High ankle sprains (when the ankle rolls outward)
Low ankle sprain, also known as an inversion ankle sprain, is a more common type of injury, where an ankle rolls inward stretching the ligaments that connect the bones in the ankle joint.
High ankle sprains are less common, more painful and take longer to heal. These happen when a foot or an ankle rolls outward, stretching the tissue holding the two lower leg bones (tibia & fibula) together.
How Long Should It Take to Heal a Sprained Ankle?
How long it will take to recover from a sprained ankle depends on the type and severity of your injury.
That said, an average healing time-frame is:
- Mild low ankle sprains: 1-3 weeks.
- Moderate low ankle sprains: 4-6 weeks.
- Severe low ankle sprains: 8-12 weeks.
High ankle sprains require a longer period of rehabilitation time.
For more information about using HBOT and injury recovery, contact us on 020 3131 6311 or [email protected]
You can also book an appointment with our hyperbaric expert where your needs will be discussed and the number of hyperbaric sessions you need to see improvements in your health.
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Although HBOT having been used for many years as a therapeutic intervention for a variety of indications and boosting performance, the evidence for its use is not proven by “randomized prospective controlled clinical experiment or trial” which is considered to be the strongest form of scientific evidence by conventional medical standards.
It is always recommended that clients visit their GP or Consultant if there is any medical problem before commencing HBOT.
In accordance with UK and EU legislation, we confirm that there is no intention implied or otherwise that HBOT is given so with the intention of it being a cure, diagnosis or as a preventative for any disease. Any references, studies or testimonials on this website do not imply that similar results will occur when the same therapy is experienced by another.