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What is a sprained ankle?
TreatmentWhether the injury is a mild or severe sprain, the name of the game to minimize damage is called R.I.C.E. treatment:
For pain and to reduce inflammation, try ibuprofen (children’s ibuprofen for youth) or naproxen. Mild ankle sprains take about one week to heal. A bad sprain may take as long as a month. Once healing is nearly complete, your doctor may recommend stretching and strengthening exercises to protect the ankle from future injury.
When to seek emergency careIf it is unclear whether the injury is a sprain or something more serious like a broken bone or torn tendon, seek medical care immediately.
Dr. Terry Wolf is a family medicine physician at Sanford East Mandan Clinic. Dr. Wolf earned his medical degree at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich., and completed his residency and internship at Sparrow Hospital Family Practice in Lansing, Mich. In his free time, he enjoys baseball, softball, camping, fishing, running and golf. To request an appointment with Dr. Wolf, call (701) 667-5000 or visit bismarck.sanfordhealth.org.