The most common ankle injury is a sprained ankle. It can happen to anyone and at any age, but usually it is common in athletes. Usually in such cases a bone, ligament or tendon is damaged. The treatment depends upon the severity of the damage done to the ankle. If you have sprained an ankle, then it is always advisable to use crutches. If a sprain is not treated properly, it can have a long lasting impact. The sprain in the ankle could be either inversion (inward) or eversion (outward). Pain along the inner side is injuries that are more serious and should always be consulted by an orthopedic. In order to differentiate between a sprain and a fracture, X-ray is necessary. If you are unable to bear weight after an injury to the ankle or if the ankle is swollen or deformed, an orthopedic should be consulted immediately. The initial treatment is described as P.R.I.C.E (protect, rest, ice, compression and elevation) while avoiding H.A.R.M (heat, alcohol, running and massage). The doctors prescribe paracetamol or anti-inflammatory painkillers such as Ibuprofen. However, if it is a fracture then the doctor might also immobilize or splint the sprained ankle for a few days depending upon the severity. Once the ankle is healed, regular exercise prescribed by the doctor or a physiotherapist can be helpful in strengthening the muscles and ligaments. It also increases the flexibility
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