Health Tip: Caring for an Ankle Sprain
Jan. 6, 2010 --
(HealthDay News) -- You can sprain an ankle during just about any activity, even walking. A sprain occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle become stretched beyond their normal range, or torn.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this list of possible non-surgical treatments for a sprained ankle:Take it easy and allow your ankle to heal. Depending on the sprain's severity, healing generally takes four weeks to six weeks.Use RICE -- rest, ice, compression and elevation.If swelling and pain make it tough to walk, use crutches for a few days to help you get around.For some types of ankle sprains, your doctor may recommend an air splint or castboot.Rehabilitation therapy may be prescribed to help prevent chronic problems.