Ankle Sprains

All you need to know

ankle sprains - umina podiatryYou can see that this is not going to end well.

The degree of injury will depend on the forces applied, and the direction of those forces.

Ankle sprains are graded 1 – 3 based on severity. There may also be a high ankle sprain affecting ligaments in the lower leg.



First Aidankle sprains - umina podiatry

Protection – avoid exercise, heat, alcohol and massage in the first 48 hours
Rest – limit your activity to prevent further injury
Ice – for 10 minutes every 2 hours
Compression – bandage up the calf and down to the toes to reduce swelling
Elevation – above the hip to reduce swelling

Seek medical attention if you are unable to walk more than 4 steps, or if your ankle injury is not improving after 48 hours.