Taking part in sports on a regular basis can be an enjoyable way to remain active. The more intense the sport, the higher your chance of injury. While you can end up rolling your ankle while running for long distances, you may have a higher chance of experiencing this injury if you take part in a sport like basketball or football. This often happens because of how you come down on your ankle when you jump into the air. Once you roll your ankle, you may need to see a podiatrist. In the meantime, your ankle may be plagued by inflammation. Luckily, there are a few tips you can use to keep this inflammation to a minimum.
Soak Your Ankle in a Hot Chamomile Bath
Heat therapy is often used to help ease muscle sprains and any kind of inflammation. Heat therapy works well when it is paired with an anti-inflammatory herb like chamomile. Aside from its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, the herb has a slightly sweet and earthy scent that is perfect for making foot soaks. You can create your soak by filling a small bucket with hot water. Make sure that the bucket is big enough to fit your ankle comfortably. Add in two handfuls of fresh chamomile and allow the herb to soak until the water is no longer boiling hot. Place your feet in the mix and allow it sit there until the water becomes cold. You can repeat this process again or dry your foot and rest it.
Massage Lavender Oil Into Your Sprained Ankle
Massages are great for easing and soothing any areas of your body that may be injured or plagued by tension. A gentle massage can be used to help alleviate the stress that your sprained ankle may be feeling. You can accomplish this with the help of a relaxing and soothing oil like lavender. Add a generous amount of lavender oil to a few tablespoons of olive oil. Dip your fingertips in the mix and gently massage it into your skin. Once done, hold a heated and clean cloth against the area. This will help to ensure that the benefits of the herbal mix are absorbed by your skin. You can repeat this process several times a day in order to get noticeable results as quickly as possible.
Rolling your ankle means that you will only be off of your feet temporarily. Therefore, use these tips to ease any discomfort and inflammation until you see your doctor.