When immediate help is not available and you suspect that you have a fractured ankle, there are some things that you can do. First, never move the injured ankle. Moving can aggravate the injury and may cause you more pain. Next is to elevate the ankle in order to reduce the swelling.
Ice pack application does wonders if you do it soon after the accident happens. Remember not to apply ice directly to the fractured site as it may do more harm than good. Cold packs can help relieve pain and swelling, but it is only effective up to 48 hours. You may also take over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, but take extra precaution when taking the medicine if you have other medical problems.
Even if the pain subsides after the first aid treatment, you must still seek the help of a medical professional to rule out the presence of fracture and other foot and ankle-related injuries. If you are in Boynton Beach or nearby towns, come to Mattison Podiatry Group immediately.