Mastering The Treatment Of Complex Ankle Sprains

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By Bob Baravarian, DPM, FACFAS

   I prefer to let small tendon tears heal with the ankle ligaments prior to any form of surgery. A period of boot use is suggested for four to six weeks to allow tissue repair. If the region continues to be painful, obtain a repeat MRI to consider the need for tissue repair.

In Conclusion

It is essential to be aggressive with ankle sprains. Remember that an ankle sprain is a partial joint dislocation and one should treat it as such. Be aggressive with bracing and physical therapy. Also be sure to check for what you may not notice at first glance in order to avoid long-term complications.

   Dr. Baravarian is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital, and is the Director of the University Foot and Ankle Institute in Los Angeles.

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