Most ankle sprains need only a period of protection to heal, a process which can takes about four to six weeks. The mainstay of treatment is immobilization, weight bearing restriction and rest, elevation, icing and anti-inflammatory medication. Often a cast-boot or air splint is needed to protect the joint. Physical therapy is important in the later stages, to strengthen the ankle supporting muscles.
Surgical treatment for ankle sprains is rare, but may be needed for injuries that fail to respond to non-operative treatment, and for persistent instability after months of rehabilitation and non-surgical treatment. A combination of ankle arthroscopy and reconstructive surgery is usually required to identify and address loose fragments or ligament entrapment in the joint, and repair torn ligaments and stabilize the joint.
At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr. Aboka performs minimally invasive Ankle Arthroscopy and cutting-edge reconstructive ankle surgery for persistent pain and chronic instability related to ankle sprains. This procedure is outpatient/same-day surgery, and leads to less pain and scarring and quicker recovery and return to pain-free function.