I’m 13 years old. About a week ago I was doing aerials (handless cartwheels) in gymnastics and my ankle started to hurt so I stopped. That weekend I had a soccer game and I got knocked into and I fell. Since then it’s been pretty swollen and very painful. I can still walk but with pain and a limp. I’m pretty sure I sprained it but I’m not sure to what degree or what to do. Thanks.
Dr. Foreman Says:
Appropriate treatment for an ankle sprain is initially RICE – rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Once the swelling subsides you may begin working on range of motion and strengthening exercises – you can find these on the internet. You may need an ankle support for a while when you first return to sports.