Ankle Sprain Aftercare

Self Care Tips

You can decrease swelling by:

  • Resting and not putting weight on your foot
  • Elevating your foot on a pillow at or above the level of your heart

Apply ice every hour while you are awake, 20 minutes at a time and covered by a towel or bag, for the first 24 hours after the injury. After the first 24 hours, apply ice 20 minutes 3 - 4 times per day. Do not apply ice directly to your skin. You should wait at least 30 minutes in between ice applications.

Pain medicines, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, may help to ease pain and swelling. You can buy these medications without a prescription.

  • Do not use these drugs for the first 24 hours after your injury. They may increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Talk with your healthcare provider before using these medicines if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, or have had stomach ulcers or internal bleeding in the past.
  • Do not take more than the amount recommended on the bottle or more than your health care provider advises you to take. Carefully read the warnings on the label before taking any medication.

During the first 24 hours after your injury you may take acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) if your healthcare provider tells you it is safe to do so. People with liver disease should not take this medication.

Source: nlm

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