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How to Treat and Heal an Ankle Sprain

Ankle Sprain          An ankle sprain is an injury that most of us have or will have experienced sometime in our lives. A sprained ankle is the result of an injury such as overstretching or damage to the ligaments of the ankle. Ligaments generally take longer than muscles to heal. That is why an ankle sprain can take a while to heal and reduce your mobility. If you have suffered an ankle sprain follow the steps below to treat and heal it as quickly as possible.




Step 1

Review the severity of your ankle sprain. You must first know how severe your ankle sprain is to be able to treat it properly. If your ankle sprain results in severe pain and complete immobility of your foot then you must seek medical attention. If the sprain is severe enough then it is possible you may need surgery to repair a ruptured ankle ligament.

Step 2

Ice Ankle SprainIf you only have a mild sprain use a bag of ice or ice wrapped in a towel to apply cold pressure to your sprained ankle injury. Icing your ankle sprain will reduce swelling caused by inflammation of the area. You should ice your injury several times a day for 10 to 20 minutes at a time.




Step 3

Anti inflammatory aspirinUse a mild anti inflammatory pain reliever to reduce pain and inflammation caused by your sprained ankle. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging for the recommended dosages.






Step 4

Immobilize the foot with the ankle sprain as much as possible for several weeks or as long as it takes to heal. Remember it is not wise to walk on or put pressure on a sprained ankle because the ligaments have been damaged. Putting more load on an ankle sprain at this point can further aggravate the injury. Ask your doctor if a foot boot type cast is necessary. They may also wrap your foot and give you crutches to further protect your ankle sprain.



Step 5

Bed restTry to get as much bed rest as possible and elevate your damaged ankle. Keep your foot elevated on your bed by propping it up on pillows or extra blankets.








 

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