Sprained ankles can range in severity from a tweak of your ligaments to a serious sprain that can severely stretch or tear ligaments in the ankle. After a sprain, the proper treatment can ensure a quick recovery:
- Rest: The first key component to healing your sprained ankle is to rest. You should avoid any activity that causes pain, swelling, or discomfort, and stay off of your ankle as much as possible.
- Ice: Apply ice immediately after injury in 15-minute increments every two to three hours. Ice aids in your recovery by reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation of the injured connective tissue, joints, and muscles.
- Compression: Utilize an elastic bandage wrap to stop swelling. When wrapping your elastic bandage start at the end farthest from your heart and wrap toward your heart. Do not wrap too tightly as you don’t want to impede circulation in your ankle and foot.
- Elevate: Keep your ankle above the level of your heart when possible. Elevation will help reduce swelling by allowing excess fluids to drain away from your ankle. Elevating your foot is especially important during the night while you sleep.
- Further Treatment: If the above steps, usually referred to as the R.I.C.E treatment, are not effective within the first few days, your sprain may be more severe and need medical attention. Treatments for more severe sprains may include the use of an ankle splint, a short leg cast, or a walking booty. In extremely rare cases surgery may be needed to repair damage and prevent permanent instability of the ankle.
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