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Ankle Stirrup Splint

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 3, 2024.

An ankle stirrup splint is used after an injury to increase comfort and limit movement. The splint squeezes your ankle between 2 plastic pads. The pads are filled with air to cushion and support your ankle while it heals.

Ankle Stirrup Splint



Rest your ankle for 3 days so it can heal. You may need crutches to take weight off your injured ankle when you walk. Use crutches as directed.


Ice helps decrease pain and swelling. Put crushed ice in a plastic bag and cover it with a towel. Put the ice on your ankle for 15 to 20 minutes every hour. Do this for 3 days.


The tight hold of the stirrup splint helps support your ankle as it heals. Some ankle sprains may be treated with an elastic wrap and the stirrup splint to reduce swelling. Wear your stirrup splint as directed.


Raise your ankle above your hip for 15 minutes every 3 to 4 hours. This will help decrease pain and swelling. Lie down on the couch and place your ankle on pillows to elevate your ankle comfortably.


Exercise your ankle:

Begin gentle exercise as directed. The exercises can help restore strength and increase the motion in your foot. Check with your healthcare provider before you return to normal activities or sports.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

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