Treating A Sprained Ankle

Treating A Sprained Ankle

A sprained ankle certainly isn’t a life threatening health condition. But this common injury is painful, inconvenient and very uncomfortable. So just how do you go about treating it? Our ankles are weak and are constantly at risk for sprains, because we no longer walk as we were meant to with minimal footwear over uneven, natural surfaces.

Of course, there are a large number of treatments available to buy like that can help to speed up the recovery and take away the pain. There is also a well known home treatment process referred to as ‘PRICE.’ This is an acronym standing for ‘protect, rest, ice, compression, elevation,’ which is an overview of exactly what it is that you should be doing!

Protecting the ankle involves trying to avoid any further injury, often by putting the injured foot in a splint or brace. Resting is simply means giving it a break. You have a great excuse here to put your feet up to take the weight off the sprained ankle. You should ‘ice’ the ankle to eradicate the swelling. You should do this a few times a day for around 15 minutes each time. Compressing the ankle when it isn’t elevated involves putting some pressure around it. A bandage of some sort wrapped tightly would work perfectly. The last part of the home treatment process, elevation, involves keeping the ankle elevated. Just keep the injured leg up with the foot resting on several cushions.

The ‘PRICE’ treatment process is often sufficient to treat an ankle sprain. Of course, though, in cases of particularly nasty sprains or those that don’t appear to be healing properly, it is recommended that you seek out professional medical help.

Sprained ankles really are nasty and while they’re certainly not the most severe injuries in the world, the discomfort and pain is very unpleasant. Treating the injury as best and as quickly as possible will help to alleviate the discomfort as quickly as possible.