How to Walk on a Sprained Ankle

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Ankle sprains may vary in severity, but most of the time a person with an ankle sprain will want to walk with crutches. Learn about fitting crutches appropriately in order to avoid further injury with help from a physical therapist in this free video on sprained ankles.

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Hi I'm Tara Pollak, physical therapist at "Evolution Physical Therapy" here to teach you how to walk on a sprained ankle. Now there are a lot of degrees of severity of an ankle sprain but most of the time you might want to walk with some crutches after you sprain your ankle just so that you can help with pain control and in case there is any ligament damage. So you want to use two axillary crutches. You put them on either side of you and make sure that they're fitted appropriately. A physical therapist can help you fit the crutches appropriately so that you don't strain anything in your arm or in your wrist. So if I have sprained my right ankle, it's my right ankle that's going to follow the crutches. So the crutches and my right ankle are going to go out at the same time. I'm going to push through the handles of the crutches to take a little bit of weight off of that ankle. So I'm just doing a step two gait just so I can take a little bit of weight off of that right side. I'm Tara and this is how to walk on a sprained ankle.

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