Ankle splints may be used for sprains, fractures, and dislocations. You may be able to walk with an ankle splint, but often not right away.
It is important to have a diagnosis of your injury and to talk to your doctor to find out when you can walk with an ankle splint.
What Is an Ankle Splint, and What Is It Used For?
An ankle splint is a type of immobilization for the ankle that is more flexible than a cast and can allow room for swelling. Splints help to immobilize and protect the injured ankle, aid in healing, and lessen pain.
An ankle splint is used to treat musculoskeletal system abnormalities in the ankle, especially when swelling is expected.
Ankle splinting may be used:
- For temporary immobilization of sprains, fractures, reduced dislocations, severe soft tissue injuries, and post-laceration repairs
- To control pain and spasm
- To decrease swelling
- To prevent further soft-tissue or neurovascular injuries associated with contusions, sprains, lacerations, fractures, dislocations, or painful joints due to inflammatory disorders
What Are Complications of Using an Ankle Splint?
Splints are generally recommended for short-term use to maximize their benefits while avoiding complications. Complications of excessive immobilization from continuous use of a splint may include:
- Chronic pain
- Joint stiffness
- Muscle atrophy
- Complex regional pain syndrome