Sprain is a type of injury that occurs when a ligament, which is a tough band of tissue that connects bones together, is stretched or torn. Sprains commonly occur in the ankle, wrist, or knee joints, and can range in severity from mild to severe. Symptoms of a sprain may include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty moving the affected joint.
Once your provider has ruled out a broken bone, there are a few things you can do to help heal a sprained ankle. Prioritize rest and avoid putting weight on the ankle. If the sprain is recent, it will likely swell; elevating your foot and applying ice to the area can help control the swelling. Pain relievers and compressing the ankle with an athletic bandage can help reduce pain. You may need to use crutches while your ankle heals. After it heals, your healthcare provider may recommend routine strength and range-of-motion exercises.

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