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.
Rehabilitation (rehab) exercises are critical
to ensure that the ankle heals completely and reinjury does not occur.
- You can begin healing by walking or bearing
some weight, while using crutches if needed, if you can do so without too much pain.
- Start rehab with range-of-motion exercises in the first
72 hours after your injury. Continue with further rehab, including
stretching, strength training, and balance exercises, over the next several
weeks to months.
- You can do rehab exercises at home or
even at the office to strengthen your ankle.