Ankle sprains can be treated with the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method, ankle bracing, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. When that's not enough, your foot and ankle specialist may recommend one of the following nonsurgical treatment options.
May be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation and increase ankle joint mobility.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection
This emerging technique is thought to regenerate torn and injured ligaments and tendons in the ankle joint. Plasma, which contains the body’s own growth factors -- substances that stimulate cell growth and promote healing -- is extracted from the patient’s own blood and injected into injured tissue. Studies suggest it may shorten healing time and possibly eliminate the need for surgery.
Stem Cell Injection
Stem cells can be extracted from your abdominal fat or bone marrow and then injected into your damaged ankle joint. The stem cells contain growth factors that promote healing, anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling, and hyaluronic acid, which lubricates and promotes new cartilage growth. The procedure may be recommended for people with ankle joint, tendon, or ligament injuries, including ankle sprains and ankle arthritis. The outpatient procedure is proving effective at reducing pain and stimulating the healing process. In some cases, it may delay the need for ankle surgery.
Our ankle-specific physical therapists can help you avoid stiffness, increase your ankle strength, and prevent ankle instability. They work closely with your doctor to create a personalized sport- and activity-specific therapy plan to improve your mobility and strengthen your ankle, its muscles, and tendons. Your plan may include resistance exercises, water exercises, balance training, and endurance and agility exercises.