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Soft Tissue Ankle Injury:

Soft tissue ankle strains are extremely common injuries.

There are protocols to suggest investigation (x-rays) and management of these injuries called the Ottawa Ankle Rules.

I think it is reasonable to treat most of these injuries aggressively. It is especially important if there is bruising below the malleolus (bony prominence on both sides of the ankle).

The best management is the use of an air brace which is sized for the ankle and can be taken off and re-applied as needed. These devices can be worn inside shoes so that daily activity can be continued. Later trainer braces can be used for more demanding activities.

For more serious strains the brace should be worn for about 6 weeks to allow good healing of the damaged tissue.

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