Whether your foot twisted the wrong way playing sport, you had a bad fall or just stepped incorrectly and rolled your ankle. The pain, swelling and lack of mobility that come with a torn ligament can be frustrating, not least of all because it stops you being able to do most daily tasks. If you're looking for the fastest way to heal a torn ankle ligament, here are three tips!
Fastest way to heal a torn ankle ligament
The standard recovery time for a torn ligament is between two to six weeks, depending on how severe it is. In a perfect world, we would all have the luxury to rest and recover from any injury, but the truth is that most of us need to keep working and exercising and the inconvenience of a long recovery time can be too much.
We’ve put together this guide outlining three key ways on how to recover from a torn ankle ligament as quickly as you can, so you can get back to the things that matter.
Tip 1. Bracing and support
Wearing a support or brace to aid the recovery of a torn ankle ligament is one of the best ways to recover quickly and to also minimise the risk of re-injury.
Bracing helps the healing process in the following ways:
- Medical-grade compression reduces swelling and oedema, allowing for the muscles to engage and support the ligaments.
- Strapping stabilises the joint while allowing for reduced movement.
- A rigid support allows for full stability of the joint in more severe cases.
- Comfortable design and easy donning help make daily wear simple.
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Tip 2. Targeted exercise and stretches
Recovery doesn’t rely on rest and support alone, but also gradual exercise and stretching to keep the joint moving. By building strength and flexibility a little bit each day, you can cut down the recovery time and allow for more movement.
It’s important to be careful and to not aggravate the injury, focus on low impact exercises, working alongside your physio or GP to support the ligaments.
Tip 3. Being consistent
This is arguably the most important part of a speedy recovery. Consistency in the management of an injury, is the best way to ensure that your recovery moves along quickly and effectively.
Here are some tips on how to keep consistent in recovery:
Stretch daily: Don’t push yourself with big workouts, do a little bit each day, pushing just a bit further each time but being sure not to aggravate the injury.
Bracing/Support: Whether you’re simply bandaging the ankle or wearing a brace, it needs to be worn every day to minimise the weight being beared on the foot.
Rest: Make sure you keep the foot rested when you’re not exercising it. Keep it elevated when possible, perform tasks seated when you can, and even when the pain starts to go away, don’t push yourself.
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