By elevating the ankle, gravity will help disperse the fluid that has accumulated in the ankle to the rest of your body. The higher you can elevate your ankle the more beneficial it will be to reducing swelling. (This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern University Athletic Training Education Program)
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How do I reduce ankle swelling?
Swelling is a common and important part of inflammation. Although it is a natural response when the body works to heal itself, swelling can be painful and hard to get rid of if not managed correctly. The best way to control and reduce swelling is to ice and elevate your ankle. Applying ice will cause blood vessels to constrict so there is not as much fluid leaking out of the injured structures, which causes swelling. Ice can be applied for 20 minutes at a time while you are elevating the ankle.
By elevating the ankle, gravity will help disperse the fluid that has accumulated in the ankle to the rest of your body. The higher you can elevate your ankle the more beneficial it will be to reducing swelling. (This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern University Athletic Training Education Program)Helpful? 3 people found this helpful.
What medications help treat Achilles tendon problems?
You can use medicine to relieve pain from Achilles tendinopathy or an Achilles tendon rupture. The medicine may be prescription or nonprescription. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
- Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) can relieve pain.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are also often used to treat pain. But most tendon problems don't involve inflammation, so NSAIDs usually aren't needed. These drugs include ibuprofen (such as Advil and Motrin) and naproxen (such as Aleve).
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What is treatment after Achilles tendon repair?
C. Noel Henley, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredEvery orthopaedic surgeon has a slightly different protocol for treating patients after a tendon repair.
In general, the tendon fibers must heal before therapy can begin. Even though the repair may be strong, the sutures can break if the muscle fires too early or the ankle moves too soon after surgery.
For this reason, patients are usually immobilized in a cast or splint that keeps the toes pointed down, to take the tension off the repair and allow the tendon to heal. This takes between three and four weeks. Therapy can safely begin after that, when the tendon has healed enough that it won't rupture when the muscle starts pulling on it.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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