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Ankle Sprains: What You Need to Know

By: Scott Sauer, MD   July 18, 2017

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:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Inability to walk

(By the way, if you ever sprain your ankle, remember that you can see an orthopedic specialist right away at our walk-in Injury Center.)

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. 

Dr. Scott Sauer is an orthopedic specialist at Coordinated Health who specializes in complex foot and ankle surgeries.

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