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Ankle Sprain: How and What?
Ankle sprains cause pain and swelling on the outside front part of the ankle. Individuals can often bear weight, but only with a limp.
X-rays of the ankle are not actually necessary to diagnose an ankle sprain as the description of the injury and the location of the pain alone can make for an accurate diagnosis. However, x-rays of the ankle are often ordered for severe ankle sprains to help "rule out" other injuries such as an ankle fracture.
Ankle Sprains are generally classified as mild, moderate, and severe.
Rest the leg so that the torn ligament has an opportunity to start healing
Ice the involved area to limit swelling. 10min with ice, 10 mins without, and then repeat.
Compression (not too tight) is helpful. Use a wrap (ex. Ace bandage) and remove at night.
Elevating the leg 10"-18" above the heart will help limit swelling to the area,
Anti-inflammatory pain medication such as Ibuprofen can help reduce symptoms.
Crutches may be necessary and beneficial during the early recovery period.
Early ankle motion should be started (gently) when possible.
Long-Term Management -Preventing recurrent ankle sprains!
Regular exercise therapy working on:
Should ankle sprains occur, our team at The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center is here to offer specialized orthopaedic treatment in the Northern Virginia area. Call us or book your appointment online!
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