IMMEDIATE ANKLE SPRAIN TREATMENT
Immediately after an ankle sprain occurs, the primary focus should be on decreasing pain and swelling, as well as protecting the ligaments in your ankle from any further injury. Follow the “RICE” method and give your foot ample amounts of rest, ice, compression and elevation while you schedule a consultation with our specialists at G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
Depending on the severity of your pain, you may want to rest your ankle as much as possible for the first full day or two, up to 48 hours. Using a towel draped over the ankle to protect the skin, ice the ankle for about 15-20 minutes, 3-5 times a day or until you notice a decrease in swelling. You may also submerge the affected foot and ankle in cold water in lieu of an ice pack if you so choose. Avoid hot showers, heat packs or heat rubs which may increase swelling.
Compress the ankle with a wrap such as an ACE bandage, elastic ankle sleeve or some other form of elasticized bandage. While at rest, either sitting or laying down, elevate your ankle as high as you can without any discomfort. The height of your hip is ideal, if possible. You may also wish to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to reduce swelling, minimize pain and speed up the recovery process.