Treating Ankle Sprains
Treatment will depend on how bad your sprain is. For a severe sprain, healing may take
Right after your injury: Use R.I.C.E.
Rest: At first, keep weight off the ankle as much as you can. You may be given crutches to help you walk without putting weight on the ankle.
Ice: Put an ice pack on the ankle for
20minutes. Remove the pack and wait at least 30minutes. Repeat for up to 3days. This helps reduce swelling.
Compression: To reduce swelling and keep the joint stable, you may need to wrap the ankle with an elastic bandage. For more severe sprains, you may need an ankle brace, a boot, or a cast.
Elevation: To reduce swelling, keep your ankle raised above your heart when you sit or lie down.
Your healthcare provider may suggest oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. This relieves the pain and helps reduce swelling. Be sure to take your medicine as directed.
Sit on the edge of a sturdy table or lie on your back.
Pull your toes toward you. Then point them away from you. Repeat for
2 to 3minutes.