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First Aid for Moms: Taking Care of Sprains

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It’s that time of year again—your young athlete can channel his or her excess energy into Gilbert’s Youth Spring Ball program. Boys’ and girls’ T-ball, coach-pitch, and slow-pitch, along with boys’ regular baseball teams, are still open, though the late registration ends on February 19. Baseball and softball are fairly safe sports for kids, although there is still a risk of injury. Sprains can happen any time a child is running, including around the bases. Fortunately, first aid for a minor ankle sprain is something a savvy mom can handle.

Ankles are supported and stabilized by strong, fibrous bands of tissue called ligaments. When your child sprains an ankle, one or more of these ligaments gets over-stretched and becomes too loose to do its job. The injury creates swelling and the joint may be weak. Using first aid for injuries like sprains right after they happen will protect the injured limb, manage pain, and encourage healing. For your son or daughter to properly recover and return to the game later, you need to know basic first aid to do at home, like RICE therapy:

  • Rest – Have your child take a break from sports and other activities that can make the sprain worse. This gives the ankle time to heal.

  • Ice – Put an ice pack on your child’s ankle to reduce swelling and minimize pain.

  • Compress – Wrap the ankle in a medical bandage. The wrap should be tight enough that the joint is secure, but not so tight it cuts off circulation to the toes.

  • Elevate – Help your child prop up the ankle on pillows to keep the fluid that causes swelling from pooling in the joint.

  • Physical Rehab – After a couple of days, when the ankle is feeling better, help you child begin carefully walking again. Start with simple exercises, like the wall stretch or ankle circles, to improve range of motion and strength.

If your child’s sprain is extremely painful, or doesn’t respond to first aid care, you’ll need to have it examined for more serious damage. Our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona is here to help your child at every step in the healing process. Just contact our Gilbert or Chandler offices for an appointment through our website. You can also call or fax: for Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229; for Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375.

Dr. Antonius Su
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