Elevate, Ice, NSAIDs Repeat! What Does This Help With?
One of the most common injuries we see at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care is a sprained ankle. Over 3 million people sprain an ankle each year. An ankle sprain occurs when the ankle is twisted or turned at an awkward angle. Sometimes this causes ligaments in the ankle to tear or hyperextend. This can cause pain, swelling, and bruising. In some cases the pain is so severe the ankle cannot stand to bear weight.
Some people are more inclined to have ankle sprains. This can occur by lifestyle choices or a predisposition in ankle structure. People who play sports where you run and stop suddenly, like basketball are likely to have ankle sprains. Most of the time the ankle just needs to time to rest. Elevation, ice and anti-inflammatories for pain are the best ideas until you can have the ankle evaluated by a doctor.