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What are physical therapy exercises for a sprained ankle?

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Samyukta Mullangi
Dermatology
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In brief: Gradual exercise

Exercises including plantar flexion, dorsiflexion, and foot circles should be started early, once acute pain and swelling subside, to maintain range of motion.
The intensity of rehabilitation is increased gradually. Ankle splints or braces can limit extremes of joint motion and allow early weight bearing while protecting against reinjury.

In brief: Gradual exercise

Exercises including plantar flexion, dorsiflexion, and foot circles should be started early, once acute pain and swelling subside, to maintain range of motion.
The intensity of rehabilitation is increased gradually. Ankle splints or braces can limit extremes of joint motion and allow early weight bearing while protecting against reinjury.
Samyukta Mullangi
Samyukta Mullangi
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: See below

First stage: rest, ice, compression, elevation.
Second stage: begin weight bearing as tolerated usually with an aircast spint.Begin gentle range of motion exercises. Once paingone or almost gone can proceed to strengthening muscles that move the ankle as well as exercises called proprioception exercises to improve stability. Pt can help. Many do not need formal physical therapy if minor.

In brief: See below

First stage: rest, ice, compression, elevation.
Second stage: begin weight bearing as tolerated usually with an aircast spint.Begin gentle range of motion exercises. Once paingone or almost gone can proceed to strengthening muscles that move the ankle as well as exercises called proprioception exercises to improve stability. Pt can help. Many do not need formal physical therapy if minor.
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