Sprained AnkleA sprained ankle or twisted ankle as it is sometimes known, is a common cause of ankle pain. A sprainis stretching and or tearing of ligaments (you sprain a ligament and strain a muscle). The mostcommon is an inversion sprain (or lateral ligament sprain) where the ankle turns over so the sole of the foot faces inwards, damaging the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.Steps:Aim to reduce the swelling byRICE(Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) as soon as possible.
is for rest. It is important to rest the injury to reduce pain and prevent further damage. Ucecrutches it necessary. Many therapists advocate partial weight bearing as soon as pain will allow.This is thought to accelerate rehabilitation.
is for ICE orcold therapy. Applying ice and compression can ease the pain, reduce swelling,
reduce bleeding (initially) and encourage blood flow (when used later). Apply an ice pack or similarimmediately following injury for 15 minutes. Repeat this every 2 hours.
is for compression - This reduces bleeding and helps reduce swelling. ALousiana wrapbandaging
technique is excellent for providing support and compression to a recently injured ankle.