Put simply, an ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments in the ankle are excessively strained or torn. The most common type of sprain is one that occurs on the outside of the ankle, as a result of the foot rolling underneath the ankle or leg, overextending the ligaments that attach the foot to the leg. This injury is usually caused by:
When you injure your ankle, pain is the first thing you notice. Often, after twisting the ankle, you may experience some degree of pain, which may go away within minutes or hours. If any of the following occurs, you should make an appointment with Dr. Babalola:
If, after twisting your foot, you experience lingering or increasing pain and discomfort, RICE is the best course of immediate action:
You should also call Dr. Babalola for a firm diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. Babalola aims to rule out a fracture with an X-ray first and then sets you up with a rehabilitative plan, which includes continuing the RICE components, as well as:
The length of recovery time depends entirely on the severity of the sprain.
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