Suffering a broken ankle in the summertime is not the ideal way to spend the best part of the year. However, if you follow the four tips below, you may be able to speed up the recovery process by ensuring that everything goes right and that you don't add extra time onto the recovery process.
#1 Be Sure To Get The Rest You Need
The first key to healing from any injury is making sure that you get the rest that you need. This is just as true with broken bones as it is with the flu. Make sure that you are getting between six to eight hours of sleep every night; the right amount varies from person to person, but is generally in that range.
Also, don't overwork your body. Getting rest is not just about getting sleep, it is about not taxing your body as it is healing. Use crutches to get around, sit down frequently, and elevate your leg when you can.
#2 Use Your Pain Medication
Generally, when you break your ankle, you may be given some low-level pain killers. Don't feel the need to "look strong" or "tough it out". Taking the low-level pain killers that your doctor subscribes can actually help with the healing process. Using these pain killers will allow your body and your mind to relax and not fight back against the pain you are feeling. Instead, your body can worry about healing itself and getting better.
#3 Reduce Your Activity Load
It may be the last thing that you want to hear during the summertime, but reducing your activity load can be really beneficial to the healing process. Try to cut back on things that you don't need to do, and get help with the things that you can avoid. Hire someone or ask a friend to clean your house, play with your pets, and help you look after your kids. Cut back on things that you don't have to do, and make modifications to your daily activities to make them easier on your body.
#4 Do Your Exercises
When you break your ankle, your doctor should give you some specific exercises to do that will help you keep up with your mobility. They may also refer you to a specialist, like those at Burgman Chiropractic Clinic PC, for some physical therapy. In either case, it is important that you complete these exercises every day. Don't skip over them because you are tired or don't feel like it. Do them at the start of your day to ensure that you don't skip them over. These exercises are designed to aid in the healing process and ensure that everything goes well.
Follow the four tips above to ensure that you don't add any extra healing time to your ankle injury this summer, and be sure to follow all of the directions and advice that your doctor provides you with.