The bones that make up your ankle joint are held in place by three ligaments. When one or more of these ligaments are hyper extended to the point of tearing, it can lead to an ankle sprain. If you have a minor ankle sprain, it may heal on its own after just a few days. However, if your ankle is swollen, bruised, painful to walk on, or cannot bear weight, you’ll want to seek medical attention at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Our knowledgeable ankle specialists in Rock Springs, Wyoming, can assess the extent of your injury, determine if a fracture has occurred, and recommend a suitable treatment plan to prevent further complications, such as chronic ankle pain, arthritis, and ankle instability.
Our Approach to Ankle Sprain Treatment
Our foot doctors practice “PRICE” therapy when treating patients with ankle sprains. This approach involves:
- Protection – Using crutches can help you keep weight off your injured ankle.
- Rest – After experiencing an ankle sprain, moving the injured area can delay the healing process. That’s why we suggest limiting movement immediately following the sprain.
- Ice application – Applying an ice pack to your ankle sprain several times throughout the day for 20 minutes at a time can help reduce swelling and numb the pain.
- Compression – Wrapping your sprained ankle in elastic wrap can provide support and keep swelling down.
- Elevation – When possible, we recommend elevating the injured ankle above heart level. This will allow fluid to travel away from the damaged tissue.
We may also recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication to further control swelling. If your ankle sprain is severe, we may suggest wearing a boot to protect the injured area and help keep the damaged ligaments in place while they heal.
To learn more about ankle sprains or to request an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor in Rock Springs, WY, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today.