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How can I prevent further injury to a sprained ankle?

Holman Chan, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery
The best way to prevent further injury to a sprained ankle is to do physical therapy for the injury. In this video, I will describe how physical therapy will help you relearn to walk.
Rehabilitation is the best tool to prevent further injury to an ankle sprain or "rolled" ankle. The rehabilitation should include strengthening of the ankle muscles as well as balance training. The ankle sprain causes damage to ligaments, and the exercise will not change the ligaments, but will allow muscles to provide stability instead of the ligaments. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary. A healthcare provider can assist you in the rehabilitation process.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Training Education Program.)

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