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, you will heal faster and get back on your
- Applying a compression wrap is easy and can be done at
- Elastic bandages are inexpensive and available at most
- 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