Summer is here. It is the perfect time to enjoy all sorts of fun sports. People of all ages tend to increase their activity. If they participate in games, sometimes it can get a little competitive. Unfortunately, it is also a time in which we see an increase in sports-related injuries, such as ankle sprains. An ankle sprain is described as an injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns in an awkward way (Mayo Clinic). An ankle sprain can happen so fast; the player is running with the ball and the next second, they are on the ground. They complain of ankle pain and while most are able to walk off the field, others may need more help. Next, there is swelling of the ankle joints along with some bruising. It is very important to carefully remove the shoe from the affected foot before the swelling gets too severe. It’s important to start treating the ankle with a process called RICE:
Rest- Keep off the ankle as much as possible.
Ice- It is very important to ice the area for the first 24 to 72 hours. This helps with the pain and swelling.
Compression- The perfect way to compress the ankle is with an ACE bandage to prevent further swelling.
Elevation- Raising your ankle every 2 to 3 hours is a good way of preventing further swelling as well as bruising.
These tips will work until you can take the child or teenager to their doctor. The doctor may order an X-ray to rule out any broken bones. Parents can use over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen to help with pain and inflammation. The doctor may recommend a rehab treatment to follow so that healing can be quick and efficient. Soon, your child will be back on the field doing what they love.
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