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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: Torn ligemants in ankle

 mollstaar - Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:20 am

On Saturday, i was running around when i slipped and my right ankle twisted and all my weight went on it, I was fine afterwards and carried on, thinking i'd just twisted my ankle. Then on Sunday i went swimming and after going, i came back in agony and not being able to put any weight on it. I saw my doctor today and she just told me i had torn some ligemants in my lower leg and ankle, she prescribed me some Anti-Inflammatory/Painkiller, she didnt give me any other instructions other than to take it 3 times, 3 times a day. I wasn't given crutches and have been left limping and hopping wherever i go. Was my doctor right to do this? Thanks.
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:55 pm

User avatar Hello,
For lateral ankle sprains, I recommend as initial treatment MICE:
M otion (ankle pumps- no circles!)
I ce
C ompression (e.g. ACE wrap)
E levation

Do MICE for the first 48 hours then progress with activity.
NSAIDS help too.

Crutches are needed when walking is too painful.

If squeezing the bones just above the ankle or the bony shaft on the outside foot (5th ray) hurt ...and painful walking - get an x-ray.

Take care.

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