Ankle sprains are very common injuries and everyone is at risk. Every time you step down, you are creating the potential for an ankle sprain.
The severity of ankle sprain varies greatly. Sometimes a sprain will only cause short-term pain and a small amount of swelling, while other sprains are so severe that they tear all or most of the ligaments in your ankle, resulting terrible pain and swelling. If you think you have suffered a sever sprain, seek medical attention and request a consultation with an orthopedic specialist.
Treatment for Sprained Ankles
In less severe cases, icing the injury and resting for a short time may be enough to relieve pain and swelling. In more severe sprains, more action may be required. For moderate to severe sprains, the following actions should be taken:
- Ice the injury, being careful not leave the ice on for more than 20 minutes at a time
- Elevate the injured foot above your heart
- Try not to walk on the injured foot
- Seek medical attention if pain persists (your doctor might suggest crutches or a immobilization device)
The first treatment for severe sprains after rest, ice, and elevation is often physical therapy. Physical therapy can help you recover the strength and stability in you ankle. The majority of the time, non-surgical treatment methods are all that is necessary to promote the healing of your ankle. It is, however, important that you follow the directions of your orthopedic specialist in order to avoid surgical measures.
Surgery is rarely performed after an isolated ankle sprain. However, if instability persists and you continue to have ankle sprains, then ankle arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction may be recommended by an orthopedic specialist.
If your sprained ankle is bothering you, talk to you doctor as soon as possible so you can get on the road to recovery.