Ankle sprains are common injuries that occur when you have increased stress on your ankle causing damage to one of the ligaments. In some cases, treatment at home can help calm down symptoms.
At home, it is important to use the R.I.C.E. method initially: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Rest will help avoid pain or increased swelling. Ice, compression, and elevation all assist with managing swelling. Pain medication may be prescribed by a physician to aid in relieving symptoms. A doctor may also recommend some type of ankle support brace or use of crutches depending on the severity of the ankle sprain.
Physical therapy may also be recommended by your physician for ankle sprains. A home exercise program give by the physical therapist might include the following: stretching the calf, strengthening the muscles of the ankle, and balance exercise to reduce risk of re-injuring the ankle. Balance and stability are important to emphasize due to the increased risk of recurrent sprains.
If you are having pain in your ankle or have been diagnosed with an ankle sprain, please come see us for a free consultation to see how we can assist you in your recovery. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
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Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.