Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are very common among soccer, hockey, basketball, and volleyball players. They are almost inevitable in sports that involve jumping, running and turning quickly; these movements can lead to twisting the ankle and even possibly tearing a tendon or ligament. An X-ray can rule out the possibility of a fracture.

Strengthening the ankles by doing exercises such as ankle lifts on stairs, as well as taping the ankle or wearing a lace-up brace can help, but these measures in no way guarantee that the patients won’t be injured if they fall hard or make a false movement. It is best to treat an ankle sprain with RICE and anti-inflammatory drugs, but it is important not to rest it excessively for more than a day. To help the ankle heal faster, patients should try to move the ankle gently to get the circulation going and reduce swelling

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