How to Treat a Sprained Ankle


A sprained ankle is an agonizing, unpleasant, and traumatic experience. Improper footwear, a hard fall in sports, walking on an irregular surface, and a sudden change in direction (crossover in basketball) can cause the ankle to roll outwards or twist. Proper diagnosis and treatment of an ankle sprain can help speed up the healing process and reduce the chances of any chronic ankle pain.

Here are some of the key treatments for an ankle sprain:

  • Follow the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) protocol. Limiting your movement is critical. Elevate your ankle slightly above waist or heart level. Using ice packs/slush baths and the right medication to help reduce pain and swelling. You can wrap your sprained ankle carefully to help prevent bruising and swelling.

  • Once you can bear weight comfortably, you can start doing strengthening and flexibility exercises. Exercises such as towel and calf stretches can help strengthen the muscles around your ankle and accelerate ankle sprain recovery.

  • A hard boot may help you to walk or use crutches to help reduce weight load, swelling and enhancing the healing process.

  • Most ankle sprains recover without any complications. However, a podiatrist may recommend surgery in severe cases.

Improper treatment can offset your road to recovery, leaving the ankle more vulnerable to recurring sprains and other serious foot problems. Consult a certified foot doctor for best results and eliminate any doubts.

At Foot and Ankle Associates, LLP Dr. Albert Iannucci and our team of expert podiatrists use cutting-edge equipment and technologies to help you get the best outcomes for all your foot and ankle problems including ankle sprains. If you need more information on what treatment best suit your feet, contact us at (610) 444-6520 or visit us at any of our offices located in Kennett Square, West Grove, Garnet Valley, PA and Newark and Greenville, DE.