We often take our mobility for granted. But for almost all of us, mobility will be a challenge at one time or another in our lives. Ankle injuries are one frequent cause of mobility loss. The common perception is that ankle injuries are largely restricted to those who participate in athletics. But that’s just not true: ankle injuries can happen to anybody! And they do. As in any health challenge, we need to utilize all precious resources to prevail.
According to WebMD, more than 25,000 people a day in the United States sprain their ankles. Over a million people each year visit emergency rooms for ankle injuries alone. And for them, as eventually for almost all of us, life changes, often drastically. It can be a long and agonizing journey back to health if your ankle is broken. It is very important in ankle injuries to stay off the broken or sprained area at first, while it heals. Attempting to put weight on the ankle prematurely can aggravate the injury. Broken ankles almost always require immobilization in a cast, usually for 4 to 8 weeks. It’s possible a wheelchair will be necessary to allow mobility at first. Next usually comes a progression from cast to walking boot. A walker is often required, then crutches, and finally, if all goes well, unsupported movement again. Eventually, when the time is right, your physician will prescribe physical therapy and exercises to strengthen the ankle. Then strengthening the ankle becomes vitally important! And recovery likely won’t be a straight-line process. Setbacks often occur, but prevail! Perhaps the most important recovery factor is your motivation. So stay motivated and positive; attitude is everything. Utilize your Internet resources! Many rehab tips and inspiring stories of the persistence, courage, and fortitude of those recovering from ankle injuries can be found online.
Rest is also a vital part of the recovery. Without proper rest, breaks and sprains will not heal properly, and you might have problems walking, or arthritis later on. In the first stages of your journey back to health, take advantage of available technology to help ensure your rest. One incredible aid to recovery that must be seen is the atHand® Overbed Table System. The atHand® Overbed Table System puts all the necessary comforts within reach while you’re tied down to that bed or chair, from telephone to reading material. It swivels adjustably to reach food or drink easily. This unique overbed table has storage, USB, lighting, and power! These features are invaluable aids in recovery from that broken ankle, any other injury, or just for pregnancy-related or other bed rest. The atHand® Overbed Table System is actually a welcome useful household furnishing addition to anyone’s home!