Sprained Ankle

Friday, January 27, 2012

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 alike. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about ankle sprains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Ligaments connect bones in your ankle. If you turn or twist your ankle in an unusual way, the ligaments can stretch or tear. This is called an ankle sprain.

If it is sprained, your ankle may hurt even if you arent standing on it. Your ankle may be swollen or bruised and you may not be able to move it very well.

You should go to the doctor if your ankle hurts badly, if you cant walk or stand on your ankle or if your foot is cold or numb.

Ibuprofen or naproxen can help with the pain. Putting ice on your ankle and wrapping it with a bandage can help keep your ankle from swelling and bruising. Keeping your ankle raised also can help. You should not walk on your ankle until your doctor says its okay.

Two or three days after your injury, you should start exercising your ankle several times a day to make it stronger.

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