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Ankle Sprain Treatment

Ankle sprains are extremely common, but that doesn’t make them any less painful. We explain what an ankle sprain is, ankle sprain treatment, and provide you with steps to follow for a full and safe recovery.

When you sprain an ankle, you won’t be alone. About 25,000 other people across the country sprain an ankle every day, but knowing that is probably not going to make your injury any less painful. We outline the essentials of ankle sprain treatment to help you safely rehabilitate your ankle joint and get back to the activities you enjoy.

Types of Ankle Sprains

When you experience a mild sprain, you’ve stretched a ligament, but you haven’t loosened a joint. You ankle will be tender and swollen around the ankle bone, with modest pain. A moderate sprain partially tears the ligament, resulting in joint instability and some swelling. A severe sprain causes excruciating pain as ligaments tear or separate from the bone. You’ll usually feel a tear or a pop in the joint at the moment of injury, and the ankle will stop functioning; it may not be able to bear weight. Although the intensity of symptoms will vary, depending on the severity of the injury, all three categories of sprain result in pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation.

Ankle Sprain Treatment

Initial care in terms of ankle sprain treatment follows the familiar RICE formula: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Wrap ice in a wet towel or cloth and ice your ankle for 20 to 30 minutes every hour. However, if you are unable to bear weight or if there is no improvement after several days, it’s time to see your physician without delay.

Give your injured ankle a few days to recover after the initial injury. When the swelling goes down, you may want to warm your ankle before rehabilitation by soaking it in warm water. Warm tissues are more flexible, and less prone to injury. Follow these three steps as the next part of ankle sprain treatment to rehabilitate your joint:

When to Return to Activity After Ankle Sprain Treatment

You are ready to return to sports activities when you have full range of ankle motion in all directions, near-normal strength in the ankle muscles, good balance, and no pain or swelling with exercise. Taping or bracing your ankle can help prevent re-injury. With a bit of patience and the correct rehabilitation program, you’ll soon safely resume your normal activities.

Summit Orthopedics offers personalized foot and ankle expertise

Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle physicians understand that your mobility depends on the health of your feet and ankles. If you have suffered an injury or are experiencing symptoms that make walking painful, our team of foot and ankle specialists can help with conservative treatment, seasoned surgical teams, and expert rehabilitation support. Summit Orthopedics specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely get you back on your feet and on your way.

Start your journey to optimal foot health. Find your foot and ankle expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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