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Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are the most common ankle injuries. At Anti-Aging Medical & Laser Clinic, we utilize advanced methods to alleviate ankle discomfort and promote healing in the injured area.

Ankle Sprains

Overview

Ankle injuries can result from various causes, such as accidents, sports-related incidents, and overuse. Ankle sprains, which are a common form of ankle injury, occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle are stretched or torn due to sudden twisting or rolling motions. Timely medical attention is essential when facing any type of ankle injury. Left untreated, ankle sprains or injuries that don’t heal correctly can compromise the strength and stability of your ankle. This instability can, over time, heighten the risk of chronic ankle pain and the onset of ankle arthritis.

How to manage ankle sprains?

Ankle sprains can be managed using the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, elevation), ankle bracing, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). If the ligaments in a sprained ankle have only been overstretched, the ankle usually gets better within a few days with adequate rest. 

In the case of a mild sprain, you can expect a return to normal walking within one week. Your doctor may recommend further evaluation, such as an x-ray, to accurately diagnose the extent of the injury. If the ligaments are torn or partially torn, a more extended recovery period is likely, requiring the use of an ankle brace or orthotic device for up to six weeks. This precautionary measure aims to limit excessive ankle movement, creating a conducive environment for the ligaments to heal.

 

How to treat ankle sprains?

There are various treatments available when it comes to ankle sprains, and the choice depends on the severity of the injury. Sports Medicine Injections like corticosteroid injections may be used to alleviate inflammation and pain in specific situations, although they are less common for standard ankle sprains. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections may be suitable for more severe or chronic cases to aid the healing process. These injections can aid in your ankle injury recovery and lower the likelihood of future injuries.

We offer the latest and most advanced injection treatments in the field of sports medicine and rehabilitation, including Prolotherapy, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), SportVis (Hyaluronic Acid (HA)), and Cingal (Hyaluronic Acid + Cortisone) injections. 

Prior to evaluating your condition, it is essential to undergo X-rays before seeking these treatments at our clinic. Additionally, further imaging tests such as ultrasound, MRI, or MRA may be required.

Steps to take if diagnosis or x-rays are not available:

  • Please see your family doctor or you can make an appointment at Old Orchard Medical Clinic for an initial assessment/diagnosis
  • Schedule your x-ray (and other imaging studies) at one of the local hospitals or at one of the West Coast Medical Imaging locations. This will ensure that we will be able to access your x-rays online when you come to Anti-Aging Medical & Laser Clinic.

    The closest West Coast Medical Imaging clinic to our clinic is the Arbutus location at:
    2184 West Broadway, Unit #390
    Vancouver, BC V6K 2E1
    Phone: 604-731-2200

Steps to take for patients with prior diagnosis and x-rays:

  • Fill out our online questionnaire to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Teri Fisher. We will contact you to schedule your initial consultation.
  • Bring any imaging reports that you have (e.g., X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI, MRA, CT scans) to your initial consultation.

Popular Treatments for Ankle Sprains

Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma


PRP therapy harnesses a patient’s concentrated platelets to enhance tissue repair aid reduce inflammation, facilitating the healing process in the affected area.

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy


Prolotherapy is a technique that harnesses the body’s natural healing response. The technique involves injecting a solution, typically containing substances like dextrose, into damaged ligaments or tendons to stimulate tissue repair and reduce pain. This injection induces controlled inflammation, which promotes the growth of new tissue and strengthens the affected area.

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