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Saturday, October 22, 2022

Ankle Sprain Advice: General Treatment Rules

The top 10 treatments for ankle sprains are:

1.  Understand that the more severe the disability is right after the sprain typically correlates to the damage produced

2.  Create a pain free environment (0-2 pain level) as soon as possible with whatever is  needed (crutches, boot, brace, etc)

3.  If you see black and blue over the first 4 days, you have torn something

4.  Just because you have negative x rays does not mean something is not broken (you may need an MRI)

5.  Use all aspects of PRICE (protection, rest, ice, compression, elevation) for a minimum of 6 weeks.

6.  Begin strengthening the ankle as soon as you injure it with pain free strengthening exercises

7.  Ice only for the first 4 days, then start once daily contrast bathing, with more icing with aggravations

8.  See a specialist when you think it will take longer than 2 weeks to completely heal, when you need crutches initially, when you can not bear weight, when you have sharp pain with each step, when you heard a loud pop with immediate swelling, and if the ankle looks deformed.

9.  Do not begin to exercise without a brace until minimum of 6 weeks and you have done some balancing exercises

10. After 2 weeks, if your disability is marked (limited walking or can not think about running) consider an MRI.


This is an excerpt from my book “Secrets to Keep Moving”. 

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