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One of the most common injuries in orthopedics is the ankle sprain. Though it’s often seen in athletes, it can also occur in everyday activity as well. This type of injury happens when the foot and ankle are inverted or turned, which causes stress over the ligaments. Some symptoms of an ankle sprain include:
Treatment often involves the immobilization of the ankle initially as well as rest, ice, compression and elevation.Sometimes taping or even a brace is necessary. Pain can be minimized with the use of over-the-counter medications. We will often follow the immobilization period with physical therapy to rehabilitate the injury.
While ankle sprains can’t always be avoided, overall conditioning of the ankle and strengthening can help prevent the ankle from becoming injured.