A sprain is an injury to a ligament when an ankle twists and the ligament is stretched too much. For mild ankle sprains, people can usually walk without pain but some people cannot put weight on the ankle at all. The amount of pain, swelling, and bruising depends on the severity of the sprain so a doctor will need to evaluate the ankle to determine the best treatment for it.
Conservative treatment is first recommended for patients with an ankle sprain because with time, they heal on their own. The patient is advised to rest, compress, ice and elevate the ankle, and take anti-inflammatory pain medications while the sprain heals. Strengthening exercises also can help the healing process along. Only in severe cases will surgery be necessary to remove bits of torn ligament and repair or reconstruct the ligament. Most patients recover from an ankle sprain after about four to six weeks.
If you have an ankle sprain, our specialists at Triangle Orthopaedics can instruct you on how to best care for the sprain for it to heal safely and quickly or provide surgery if needed. To learn more about your ankle sprain and the services we provide for patients throughout the Carolinas, please contact our office.
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