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How To Treat A Sprained Ankle

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2024 | Personal Injury

A sprained ankle can happen to anyone, from athletes to those navigating uneven terrain. It occurs when the ligaments supporting the ankle stretch beyond their limits.

Treating a sprained ankle promptly and correctly can help to prevent long-term damage. There are several effective methods for managing a sprained ankle.

Rest and elevation

The first step in treating a sprained ankle is to give it the rest it deserves. Avoid putting weight on the injured ankle and refrain from engaging in activities that could worsen the condition. Elevating the ankle above heart level helps minimize swelling. Place a pillow under the ankle while lying down or use a comfortable support when sitting.

Ice therapy

Icing the sprained ankle is important to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Apply an ice pack to the affected area for several minutes every couple of hours during the initial 48 hours after the injury. Be sure to wrap the ice pack in a thin cloth to prevent frostbite, and never apply ice directly to the skin.


Using compression helps control swelling and provides additional support to the injured ankle. Wrap the affected area with an elastic bandage snugly, but not too tight. Ensure proper circulation by adjusting the tightness as needed. Maintain the compression throughout the day but loosen it during periods of rest.

Gradual return to activity

Once the ankle has healed sufficiently, gradually reintroduce weight-bearing activities. Start with low-impact exercises and activities, gradually increasing intensity as the ankle strengthens. Pay attention to any discomfort, and if pain persists, consult a healthcare professional for further guidance.

These injuries are common after a slip and fall. A lot of individuals who suffer from serious sprains and other health complications during a fall may have recourse to seek compensation for medical bills.


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