Ice can help ease the pain and swelling of a sprained ankle, but it's important to use the therapy properly.
- Never apply ice for longer than 20 minutes. Always remove ice if the area starts to feel numb.
- For the first three days after a sprain, ice the ankle every two-to-four hours. Use an ice pack, ice slush bath or ice massage.
- For an ice pack, partially fill a plastic bag with crushed ice. With a towel or cloth over the skin, apply the pack and wrap it with an elastic bandage.
- For an ice slush bath, submerge the ankle into a bucket filled with ice and water.
- For an ice massage, use small styrofoam cups. Fill them with water and freeze them until solid. Remove the top section from the cup, then gently
- rub the ice around your ankle in circles, holding for no more than 30 seconds in each area.
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