What to Do if You Sprain Your Ankle?
The first and most important step when you believe you have sprained your ankle is to put a complete halt to whatever you may have been doing to have caused it. If you’re out playing soccer or football or running, do nottry to “walk it off.” You’re done for today. Period.
Get off your feet as soon as possible and start to engage in self-care. The sooner you can start addressing your sprain, the better it will be for alleviating your symptoms.
Applying ice to the sprained area can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Apply for up to 20 minutes every two or three hours. Do not apply ice directly to the skin (wrap ice or a cold pack in a towel instead) and do not exceed the time limits presented here. Doing so can risk injury to the skin.
Keeping the injured ankle above the level of your heart is also an effective way to reduce swelling. Keep your feet up and propped on pillows, if possible—especially at night. This will help drain excess fluid that causes swelling.
To prevent ingrown toenails, it is best to avoid trimming your toenails too short. Trim your toenails straight across instead of curving at the edges. Trying to cut out the ingrown edges can make the condition worse over time. If this is the first time you are experiencing an ingrown toenail, you may also try to soak your feet in lukewarm water with epsom salts. If you do not notice improvement in your symptoms within a couple of days, see your local podiatrist for further management before the condition becomes worse. In general, home treatment does little to fix the problem and can make the problem worse.
When To See Your Podiatrist
You should see your podiatrist if you continue to experience pain and redness or if your symptoms worsen. Your podiatrist will perform a minor procedure to remove the offending nail border and improve your pain. The procedure will likely be performed with local anesthesia to make you comfortable. They may also prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection if needed. Most people experience minimal pain after the procedure and can resume normal activity the next day.
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