Ankle Sprain Treatment
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What Causes an Ankle Sprain?
Ankle sprains occur when patients twist or roll their ankle, especially in activities that include sudden or forceful side-to-side motions. Acute ankle sprains can often be treated with physical therapy, bracing, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications depending on the severity of the injury.
If acute ankle sprains are treated incorrectly, patients may return to activity too soon. In such cases, the damaged ankle ligaments may heal in a stretched position, leading to chronic instability. Patients with a history of ankle sprains may eventually require stabilization surgery performed by an orthopedic surgeon.
Ankle Sprain Treatment
in Richmond, VA
Immediate Ankle Sprain Treatment
Immediately after an ankle sprain occurs, the primary focus should be on decreasing pain and swelling, as well as protecting the ligaments in your ankle from further injury. Follow the “RICE” method and give your foot ample amounts of rest, ice, compression, and elevation while you schedule a consultation with Dr. Goradia at G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
Depending on the severity of your pain, you may want to rest your ankle as much as possible for the first full day or two, up to 48 hours. Using a towel draped over the ankle to protect the skin, ice the ankle for about 15-20 minutes, 3-5 times a day or until you notice a decrease in swelling. You may also submerge the affected foot and ankle in cold water in lieu of an ice pack if you so choose. Avoid hot showers, heat packs or heat rubs, which may increase swelling.
Compress the ankle with a wrap such as an ACE bandage, elastic ankle sleeve ,or some other form of elasticized bandage. While at rest, either sitting or laying down, elevate your ankle as high as you can without any discomfort. The height of your hip is ideal, if possible. You may also wish to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to reduce swelling, minimize pain, and speed up the recovery process.
Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery
Ankle Arthroscopy is a type of surgery involving minimal incision sites and the utilization of a camera within the ankle joint. The camera allows the surgeon to properly see within the ankle joint without substantial invasive incisions. In this procedure, Dr. Goradia is able to diagnose and repair diseased or injured structures within the ankle.
Arthroscopic ankle surgery is used in conjunction with lateral ankle stabilization to clear out synovitis (inflammation, swelling, or pain) following the ankle sprain. This surgery is typically used for those with early-stage arthritis, osteochondral lesions, or ankle impingement.
This form of arthroscopic surgery allows for decreased recovery times compared to other types of surgery. Patients who receive this treatment are able to bear weight early in their postoperative course, and the small incision points allow for a smoother, faster recovery process after surgery. However, this procedure does have some limitations and requires a discussion with our surgeon as to whether ankle arthroscopy is the right choice for you.