Ankle sprains are a stretch injury to the supporting structures of the ankle. They most commonly affect the ligaments on the outside of the ankle when the foot is turned inward. The ankle presents with localized pain and swelling. The spectrum of the injury can be from mild, which causes only slight pain, to severe, in which patients are unable to bear weight on the joint.
Initial treatment of an ankle sprain should consist of R.I.C.E. (Rest, ice, compression and elevation). Ice should be used for 20 minutes every hour. Medical attention is required when unable to bear weight.
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