Treating Ankle Fractures and Sprains
Let us repeat that any potential fracture or sprain in the ankle should be taken seriously.
We highly recommend that you call our office, even if the injury feels mild. We might not always recommend that you come in immediately, depending on your symptoms, but we can offer you advice for home care. We will also have a record of your injury to reference should it result in future complications.
The best first steps for any suspected sprain or fracture are to stop the activity immediately and begin RICE therapy:
- REST: Keep weight off the affected ankle as much as possible.
- ICE: Use ice packs for 15-20 minutes at a time to limit pain and swelling (making sure to always wrap the pack in a thin towel first to avoid direct contact with the skin).
- COMPRESSION: Properly wrap the area in a compression wrap or bandage. Only do this if you know how and it is not too painful to do so. Otherwise, it is all right to skip this step.
- ELEVATION: Keep your ankle above the level of your heart any time you are sitting or lying down.
Following RICE therapy within the first 48 hours of an injury can help reduce pain and swelling in the area.
Further treatment will greatly depend on the nature and severity of the injury.
Grade 1 or 2 ankle sprains, as well as minor and stable fractures can often be treated without a need for surgery. A cast, walking boot, or brace may be necessary to immobilize and protect the ankle, allowing it a better opportunity to heal.
Grade 3 ankle sprains and fractures where the bones have shattered and/or greatly shifted position, might require surgery to repair the ligament or fully realign the bones.
Whatever the course of treatment, and no matter how mild or severe the injury may be, it is very important to always follow through with recommendations thoroughly. Even a minor sprain or fracture can cause future instability if it does not heal properly, increasing the risk of further injuries and damage.
Your Source for Ankle Sprain and Fracture Treatment
Never try to just “walk” off an ankle injury. We will always be happy to provide advice and treatment for any injury you or a loved one experiences.
Schedule an appointment with us over the phone or by filling out our online contact form.