Ankle Sprains

 ankle sprain treatment

  • Applying ice packs to your ankle for 20–30 minutes every 3–4 hours for the first 2–3 days, or until the pain goes away.
  • Elevating your ankle by placing a pillow beneath your foot. Try to keep your ankle above the level of your heart.
  • Wrapping an elastic bandage around your ankle to keep the swelling from getting worse
  • Wearing a lace-up brace or ankle stirrup (An Aircast or Gelcast)
  • Using crutches until you can walk without pain
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication, or other pain medication as prescribed by your physician
  • Doing ankle exercises to improve your ankle strength and range of motion. These exercises will help you return to your normal activity or sports
  • On rare occasions, severe ankle sprains with complete tearing of the ligaments require surgery. After surgery, your ankle will be in a cast for 4–8 weeks