Caring for a Sprained Ankle

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sprained ankles are among the most common orthopedic injuries. Dr. Edward Hill discusses treatment for sprained ankles in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

There are several things you should do to help your ankle heal after a sprain:

StretchGently stretch the ankle in all directions while you are sitting down. Do this at least three times per day.

WalkWalking will make the ankle heal faster and stronger. If you can put weight on your ankle, try walking around the house or a longer distance, if pain allows.

Apply icePut ice or cold packs on the ankle for 10 to 20 minutes. Do this every two hours while you are awake, until the swelling is gone.

Wear a braceIf your doctor gives you a brace or air cast, wear it for four weeks when you are walking.

Take medicine, if neededIf you need medicine to help with the pain, there are several over-the-counter options, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin. Ask your doctor how much medicine you should be taking.

ExerciseAfter your ankle heals, you should exercise to prevent future sprains.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.