Sprained Ankle

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A sprained ankle is a very common injury. Approximately 25,000 people experience it each day. A sprained ankle can happen to athletes and non-athletes, children and adults. Dr. Edward Hill discusses sprained ankles in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

An ankle sprain can happen when you fall, when you suddenly twist your ankle too far or when you force the joint out of its normal position. Most ankle sprains happen during sports activities or when walking or running on an uneven surface.

The severity of an ankle sprain depends on how badly the ligaments are stretched or torn. If the sprain is mild, there may not be much pain or swelling, and the ligaments may only be stretched. If the sprain is severe, one or more ligaments may be torn, and the joint may be severely swollen.

Many doctors suggest using the RICE approachRest, Ice, Compression, Elevationfor treating ankle sprains.

You may need to wear a brace or splint to keeps the bones and injured ligaments from moving, which provides protection and speeds healing.

If your sprain is mild, your doctor may suggest that you start trying to use your ankle again fairly soon. If you need medicine to ease the pain, try acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

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