Treatment for ankle sprains depends on the severity of the injury. But whether the case is mild or severe, the first modality is always RICE or:
Rest. The patient should keep walking to a minimum. The site should be free from any pressure, and it should be relaxed and rested.
Ice. In order to avoid the inflammation, ice must be applied to the sprained ankle right away. However, the application should only be done 3 or 4 times a day only and 10 to 15 minutes each application.
Compression. The sprained area should be immobilized by using wraps, bandages, or dressing. Be careful when wrapping the side so circulation won't be compromised.
Elevation. Elevate the legs to promote circulation and reduce swelling.
Mild sprains often respond to RICE treatment well. Patients usually combine RICE with pain medications. Severe cases, however, may require surgery if it does not heal after the RICE treatment. For fast healing and recovery of ankle sprains Boynton Beach, get help from our board-certified foot doctors at Mattison Podiatry Group today.