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    Sprained Ankle: Using a Compression Wrap

    Ankle sprains are common injuries that can result in lifelong problems. Some people with repeated or severe sprains can develop long-term joint pain and weakness. Treating a sprained ankle can help prevent ongoing ankle problems.

    If an ankle sprain does not heal correctly, the joint may become unstable, resulting in a weakened and easily reinjured ankle. Proper initial care of your sprained ankle is critical.

    • A compression wrap helps decrease swelling. If swelling is kept to a minimum, it may help your ankle feel better.
    • Applying a compression wrap is easy and can be done at home.
    • Elastic bandages are inexpensive and available at most drugstores.
    • You can wear a protective brace, such as a splint or a device to keep your ankle from moving (immobilizer), over a compression wrap. This can help prevent further injury to your ankle when you try to bear weight on it.

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    Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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