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Uncomplicated lateral ankle sprains can be easily managed with materials typically found in the office (eg, gauze can be fabricated into horseshoe pads for focal compression). With early and adequate focal compression around both malleoli, use of an elastic wrap to secure the compression device and provide generalized compression, elevation of the injured ankle higher than the heart, and early pain-free range of motion exercises, soft tissue swelling can be prevented and/or eliminated and normal range of motion of both the talar and subtalar joints can be regained within 24 to 72 hours from the time of injury. 
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The vast majority of ankle injuries involve one or more of the lateral supporting ligaments and can usually be managed successfully in the primary care setting. Important diagnostic variables include the mechanism of injury, the level of weight-bearing ability, and the presence or absence of bony tenderness. Early application of a focal compression device is the paramount measure for preserving range of motion and strength. Other important measures include early mobilization, contrast baths, strength exercise, and, on return to activity, prophylactic bracing.
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