Thank you for visiting Makovicka Physical Therapy’s Ankle Sprain page. We have 5 locations in Omaha and the surrounding suburbs and would love to hear from you if you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms below.
The ankle joint is comprised of three bones that include the tibia, fibula, and talus. Sprains occur when there is damage to the ligaments holding those bones together. Similar to ankle fractures, sprains can happen from landing with your foot at an awkward angle.
Other factors that may cause a sprain include:
- Making a sudden movement in a different direction.
- Walking or running on uneven surfaces.
- Playing on artificial turf increases the chance for ankle injuries.
- Wearing footwear that does not fit well.
Ankle sprains are more likely to occur if you have previously sprained it as the ligaments become stretched out.
Acute treatment for ankle sprains:
- Rest: Give yourself time to heal by keeping weight off your ankle. Crutches may help you get around if the pain doesn’t go away.
- Ice: Make sure to ice right after the injury to decrease the pain and swelling. Ice 15-20 minutes every couple hours for the first few days or until pain and swelling has decreased.
- Compression: By using an elastic bandage, you can decrease the swelling. Make sure to start wrapping the bandage at your toes and work your way towards your leg.
- Elevation: Prop your ankle up using a pillow or bolster.