Ankle Injury Fast Care – Winning the Beginning – Vol. 1

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“The consequences of so many injuries are determined by what you do immediately after they occur”, is the quote of James G. Garrick, MD, a founding father in the world of sports medicine and a significant contributor to the medical literature on ankle injuries in sports.  These postings are a summation of decades of experience of experts caring for athletes specific to what every athlete, coach, parent or active person should know about ankle injuries and how to minimize recovery time. The three most important words they’d cheer are “TREAT IT NOW”.  First Aid skills for ankle injuries are simple and easily acquired for those willing to learn.

Injuries are an unfortunate reality in sports, especially ankle injuries. This is where 50% of them are reported to occur. Immediate care for ankle injuries can drastically reduce recovery time just as delaying treatment may dramatically increase it. Medical studies show that swelling delays recovery more than any other factor. So logically, the more swelling you prevent the better off you’ll be. Even with medical services on site, your ability to respond immediately to injury may be the “season saving” difference. Whether you’re a coach, athlete, parent or just an active person a little knowledge and a few simple materials can help you help yourself or others from dealing with the needless suffering that swelling brings to the common ankle injury.

Society has become overly reliant on the medical profession’s opinions or diagnosis before we treat an injury. In fact, delaying treatment awaiting a medical diagnosis of an ankle injury is “the big mistake” as Dr. Garrick attests.  Regardless of who you are or how you’re active, knowing that you can’t do any more damage to an ankle injury or harm another by treating it is an important starting point. So, gain the confidence of a first responder by knowing the facts.t Ankle Care Facts

85% of all ankle injuries are sprains. Of these, 85% are uncomplicated lateral sprains, the “I rolled my ankle” injury not requiring a doctor. The numbers favor you greatly.

  •    Preventing/resolving swelling is the key to retaining motion and strength
  •    Delaying treatment is the biggest mistake you’ll make with an ankle injury
  •    Ankle injuries are all treated the same on the front end, regardless of severity
  •    You don’t need a diagnosis of an ankle injury prior to initial treatment
  •    Immediate use of a focal compression wrap is the most important first step, not ice
  •    You’ll do no further harm by quickly applying this proper treatment method
  •    Compression can suppress pain to a greater extent than ice or cold packs
  •    Ice will not prevent swelling, but is useful in helping reduce both swelling and pain
  •    If you can’t bear weight on the injured limb you should see a doctor ASAP

Keeping a FIRSTEP™ Fast Ankle Care Kit on hand is your best insurance for a Rapid Recovery. TREAT IT NOW AND CUT RECOVERY TIME IN HALF!

Anyone involved in physical activity where injury risk is elevated should be prepared to help self or others deal with its occurrence. Those motivated to perform are also more motivated to return to normal activity quickly post injury. The conventional methods of our mainstream health providers lack the details required for a rapid recovery from ankle injuries.

In our next post we’ll dive into the details of the best method of early treatment for ankle injuries.