How to deal with a sprained ankle

So you’ve sprained your ankle while going about your day, and don’t know how to deal with the discomfort? It’s okay, everyone can be a little clumsy, and accidents do happen. In this blog, we will tell you how to deal with a sprained ankle.

The first and foremost thing to do when you sprain your ankle is to try to reduce its swelling and ease down the pain. Try putting a heat pad or cold compress over the ankle to relax the muscles.

If it hurts too much, you can apply a pain relief spray, balm, or take painkillers. For further self-care, use the RICE method to heal your ankle sprain

  • Rest – Take some rest, don’t do any physical activities that might cause swelling or discomfort.
  • Ice – Use an ice pack or take a cold bath immediately for 15 to 20 minutes and repeat every few hours to reduce the swelling.
  • Compression – Try compressing the ankle with an elastic bandage until your swelling stops. Don’t hamper your blood circulation by making it too tight. Start by wrapping from the location furthest from your heart.
  • Elevation – To reduce the swelling, elevate your ankle above the level of your heart, especially during nights. Gravity helps in reducing swelling by draining the excess fluids

Walking with a sprained ankle can be really painful, if the pain is too much you might need crutches to walk around. In case of severe pains, a walking boot may be required to stabilize the ankle. Try exercising your ankle a little once the swelling has reduced. This will restore your ankle’s range of motion, flexibility, stability, and strength.

In rare cases, surgery maybe performed when the injury doesn’t heal or the ankle stays unstable after a long period of physical inactivity.

Surgery is usually necessary to –

  • Repair a damaged ligament that won’t heal
  • Reconstruct a ligament with tissue from a nearby tendon or ligament

Nevertheless, you should contact your doctor immediately when you sprain your ankle to avert any health risks.

We hope you have understood how to deal with a sprained ankle and will benefit from this blog.

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