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Fast First Aid for a Sprained Ankle

By Dr. Paul C. LaFata
August 11, 2014
Category: Ankle Sprain

Sprained Ankles Need TreatmentThis past June and early July saw the return of the World Cup. This year’s tournament in Brazil had plenty of controversy and in-game upsets, but it did its job: for couple weeks, the world was united by the sport of soccer. Whether you play backyard pick-up games, joined a school team, or even just enjoy the sport on TV, you know how important the feet are to soccer. Injuries like a sprained ankle can ruin a player’s entire game.

An ankle sprain can keep you off your feet for weeks, depending on its severity. You don’t have to be an international soccer star to suffer a sprain, either—it can happen when you jump, jog, or even step off a curb. The key to recovering quickly is how you treat it. Prompt first aid for a sprained ankle can help your foot begin to mend even before you see someone from our team here at West Lawn Podiatry Associates.

When the injury first happens, follow the RICE model to manage the pain until you can get other treatment: rest, ice, compress, and elevate. Avoid walking on the affected limb if you can. This keeps it immobilized and gives it time to rest.

Ice the area with a cold pack for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, four times a day during the first few days after the injury. This will decrease swelling and inflammation as well as numb some of the pain. Wrap the joint with a compression bandage, too. When you can, sit and elevate the ankle above the level of the heart. This discourages swelling as well.

These first aid measures help you manage the pain and prevent additional injury until you can have your ankle cared for by your podiatrist. Whatever you do, don’t try to play sports through the pain of a sprain. That is the best way to cause serious damage. Instead, call (610) 678-4581 or fill out an online request form to reach West Lawn Podiatry Associates, PC in West Lawn, PA.

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