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Easy First Aid for a Sprain

If your active child hasn’t had an energy outlet for a while, then he or she might enjoy a sport through National Youth Sports Nevada. Their registrations for basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, t-ball, and flag football are all open right now. This is a chance for your child to run, have fun, and get exercise all at once. It’s also a chance for you to learn first aid for a sprain! Playing any sport increases your child’s risk for sprains; knowing first aid can help your child heal when it happens.

A sudden or unexpected motion can twist the ankle and overstretch the ligaments—tough bands of tissue that hold the ankle bones together—and leave them too loose. This is a sprain. Not only is this painful, but it also weakens the whole joint. Mild sprains can make your child limp, while severe ones may keep him or her from walking at all.

First aid for a sprain helps your child heal. The injury causes swelling, stiffness, and instability. First aid therapies bring down inflammation and swelling, reduce pain, and work to stimulate your body’s healing processes. This is important, no matter how severe the injury is. If your child has a sprain, help him or her with RICE:

Rest – Your child will need to take a break from all activities that put stress on the ankle. This means sitting out of sports for a little while.

Ice – Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the injury multiple times a day for roughly 15 minutes at a time. This alleviates some inflammation and swelling.

Compress – Wrap the joint in an elastic bandage to reduce swelling and stabilize the foot. Don’t wrap it too tight, though, or you’ll restrict circulation to the injured area.

Elevate – Have your child prop up his or her ankle on pillows. This forces your child to rest, as well as discourages swelling in the soft tissues.

Mild sprains can usually begin rehabilitation exercises to stretch and strengthen the limb after a couple of days. Severe injuries will need more time to recover, and might need additional treatment. Our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists will help your son or daughter with treatment after that initial first aid for a sprain. Call (702) 839-2010 today to make an appointment at one of our Las Vegas offices.

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