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How do you treat mild ankle sprains?

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Mild sprains -- called grade 1 -- are treated with the RICE approach for several days until the pain and swelling improve. With a mild sprain, you won't need a splint or a cast. Your doctor will tell you to put weight on the ankle fairly soon -- within one to three days -- as long as you can tolerate it and will prescribe range of motion, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Ankle Fractures."

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: "Ankle Sprains: How to Speed Your Recovery."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Ankle Sprains: Healing and Preventing Injury."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: "Peroneal Tendon Injuries."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 11, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Ankle Fractures."

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: "Ankle Sprains: How to Speed Your Recovery."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Ankle Sprains: Healing and Preventing Injury."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: "Peroneal Tendon Injuries."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 11, 2020

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