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Your ankle has three bones and a number of connecting ligaments and tendons that enable a complex range of motion for your foot. A sprain impairs one of more of your ligaments, usually after you have overly exerted the joint. Our treatment approach will depend on the severity of your sprain and whether you have other injuries to the area.
Our orthopedists and sports medicine specialists may recommend physical therapy to help you regain mobility. You may need a brace or, in rare cases, a cast or splint to keep your ankle from moving during recovery. In most cases, an ankle sprain can be treated at home with rest, by applying ice and compresses and elevating the area. We also may recommend over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications.