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Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, which may result in excessive stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. A damaged ligament causes inflammation, swelling, and bleeding (bruising) around the ankle joint. Movement of the ankle joint is painful when you have a sprained ankle.The severity of the sprain can impact the degree of damage as well as the type and duration of treatment. If not properly treated, ankle sprains may develop into long-term problems.

Treatment includes resting and elevating the ankle and applying ice to reduce swelling. Compressive bandages also may be used to immobilize and support the injury during healing. Serious ankle sprains, particularly among competitive athletes, may require surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments.

The immediate goals of treatment are to keep inflammation, swelling, and pain to a minimum, and to be able to use the ankle joint normally again as quickly as possible.

R est the ankle joint for 3 days following injury. For example, consider using crutches.

I ce should be applied as soon as possible after injury, for 20 minute increments every 2 hours. Do not put ice directly on the skin.  A bag of frozen peas is a good alternative. The cold from the ice will help to reduce pain and inflammation. Do not leave ice on while asleep.

C ompression with an Ace bandage or brace will limit swelling and help to rest the joint by limiting ankle movement. Remove the bandage/brace before going to sleep.

E levation aims to reduce swelling. For example, keep the foot up at heart level when you are sitting. 

To prevent ankle sprains, try to maintain strength, balance, and flexibility in the foot and ankle through exercising, stretching, and wearing well-fitted shoes.

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Podiatrist - Corsicana, Corsicana Foot & Ankle, 3229 W. 7th Avenue, Corsicana TX, 75110 (903) 872-9910