Huge Props out to “Rebuilding Roberts” for this excellent post on how treat a sprained ankle, especially the explanations and very helpful video. A must for your basic sprain. Again, even with this excellent advice (got in First Aid class!), still important to have the injury checked out!
A sprained ankle is the most common sport injury, though not the worst. If not treated properly, it could stall an exercise routine or sports career by several months. Initial treatment is vital to the long term success of recovery from the sprained ankle.
First, to review, there are simple steps that need to be taken after a sprain has occurred. It is commonly referred to as the R-I-C-E method. Acronyms make things so easy to remember, don’t they?
R – Rest:
Stay off the ankle whenever possible. At first it may seem impossible to use the ankle. Over time, as it recovers, there is a danger of stressing the ankle before it has fully recovered. Exercise during the first few days should be limited to swimming and cycling. Never push yourself beyond what your ankle is capable of.
I – Ice:
Icing should be done in 15 – 20…
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