How to treat an ankle sprain
Sprains, particularly ankle sprains, are one of the most common sport-related injuries in Australia. They usually happen when your foot rolls awkwardly and the ligaments that surround and stabilise the ankle joint are torn. Depending on the severity of the injury, it can put you out for a few days or several weeks.
What should I do right after a sprain?
The first steps for treating a sprain are easy to remember by the letters R-I-C-E:
- REST Stop what you are doing and rest the area
- ICE Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 20 minutes every two hours
- COMPRESSION Wrap the joint in a compression bandage to reduce swelling and bleeding
- ELEVATION Raise the injured area above your heart as much as you can
What should I do next?
Follow the “No HARM” rule: that means no heat, no alcohol, no running and no movement for at least 24 hours. A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Nurofen Zavance may help provide relief from pain and inflammation. If you prefer, use a topical product like Nurofen Gel that’s applied directly to the skin. Don’t use both products at once or you could exceed the recommended dose. If the pain and swelling are getting worse, see your GP who may recommend an X-ray to check for tiny chip fractures.
How bad is my sprain?
Sports Medicine Australia categorises sprains in order of severity: Grade I (mild); Grade 2 (moderate) and Grade III (severe). A mild sprain won’t require further treatment, a moderate sprain will probably see you follow up with your physio, and a severe strain can require surgery. Speak to your GP for advice.
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