I- ice 20-30 minutes
C- compress with an Ace bandage
E- elevate above the heart
Once the swelling goes down, get your ankle checked out for any misalignments (subluxations). Time is our best healer.
Is this a first time or recurring injury?
Rest. You may need to use crutches until walking is not painful without them.
Ice. For the first 48 to 72 hours or until swelling goes down, apply an ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes every 1 to 2 hours during the day.
How do you know it is just sprained and not broken, fractured, avulsed or constused? You should have it examined if your pain is continuing or worsening.
Once the correct diagnosis has been established a treatment plan can be created. IF it IS sprained: Chiropractic adjustments to the mis aligned ankle joints should be gently administered. Exercises, stretching, and physical therapy to support the treatment. Sprain injuries can take 6 weeks to 6 months to heal. Longer if you do not do the correct treatments. Most chiropractors are trained to help with this types of injuries.