As summer comes to an end and schools open up again, there is still time left for lots of backyard play or active running and jumping in area parks. The Covid-19 restrictions requiring everyone to stay indoors only seems to make playing outside that much more attractive. And, with healthy, active outdoor play often comes scrapes, twisted ankles, or other sprains. While these types of injuries are common, they can be painful and should be treated immediately. Sometime these injuries should be examined in an ER or urgent care setting. The NIH recommends following the PRICE study approach for ankle sprains treatment (protection, rest, ice, compression, elevation.) This approach includes protecting and resting the ankle for the first 72 hours before resuming any mild activity. It’s often also advisable to apply an ice pack and compression using elastic bandages to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling. For the first 24 to 48 hours, elevate the foot above the heart level as frequently as possible. Elevating the foot also helps reduce the swelling and encourages healing. Depending on the severity of the injury, your pediatrician may want to examine the sprain for any other damage, such as fractures to bones or tears in ligaments. A call to Sunset Pediatric Urgent Care may be warranted to ensure the sprain is not serious. Maintaining children’s well-being and health is Sunset’s primary mission. Even if it appears the ankle injury is manageable; it is a good idea to have the foot examined by a physician. Sunset Pediatric Care is available to evaluate the ankle and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, you should call the clinic for an appointment time before arriving. Our staff will advise you as to the proper procedures to take in advance of seeing a physician. Should you come directly to the clinic, for everyone’s health and safety, please call the office before coming inside. As children prepare to return to school, make sure they stay safe and healthy. Sunset Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic is here for you, 281-920-5446.