How to Treat a Sprained Ankle
1. - Rest your ankle. - Avoid all activities that cause you pain or limping.
If you have a severe sprain, then you should walk with crutches or with a cane in order not to cause a major injury.
Vary your exercise routine. If you are used to running on a treadmill, try swimming or using a rowing machine instead. Just make sure you do not completely avoid physical activity. You still have to keep your other muscles in good condition.
2. - Put ice on your ankle to avoid swelling and pain. - Apply ice to your ankle even if you plan to go to the doctor. Ice will keep your ligaments from swelling and stop any bleeding if you have a torn ligament.
3. - Compress the joint of your ankle.
4. - Wrap an elastic bandage from your toes to the middle of the leg using even pressure. - Keep the bandage until there is no more swelling. Loosen the bandage if your toes turn blue, you feel cold or begin to feel insensitive. You do not want the bandage to be too loose, but you do not want it to fit too much either.
5. - Elevate your ankle on the level of your heart. - The lift will help drain the fluids from the injury.
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