Serious ankle injuries don’t just happen to athletes. In fact, more than 25,000 Americans sprain their ankles every day. All you have to do to roll your ankle is walk or land on an uneven surface. The result is debilitating pain and a sprain that will take time to heal.
If you’ve hurt your ankle, one word should come to mind: RICE. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. These four steps are key to recovering from an injured ankle.
Rest is important for preventing further damage to the ankle. Icing your ankle will help reduce swelling, and the numbing effect will help with pain. Ice the injury within 48 hours of getting injured, never ice longer than 20 minutes, and take 45-minute breaks in between icing sessions. Gently compress your ankle by wrapping it with an elastic bandage or compression wrap to keep it immobile and supported. Finally, keep your ankle elevated above the level of your heart to lessen the swelling and pain.
If your ankle does not improve, you will want to consult a healthcare provider. Since the symptoms of a sprain and a fracture are quite similar, it’s important to have your injury looked at by a professional.
Book a visit with one of our specialists at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to learn more about your injury and the available treatment options. Whether your pain or injury requires conservative, non-operative intervention or a surgical procedure, our specialists tailors their treatment plans to best fit you and your lifestyle.
For more information about how we can treat your orthopedic pain, call (574) 534-2548.