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.
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