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How To Heal a Sprained Ankle

Watch more How to Handle a Medical Problem videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Heal your sprained ankle faster with these helpful hints. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Take anti-inflammatory medication Take anti-inflammatory medication as soon as possible after injuring your ankle. This will help reduce swelling. Tip Anti-inflammatory medication may need to be taken for several days after the injury. Step 2: Ice your ankle Ice your ankle to further reduce swelling and inflammation. Place ice cubes in a sealable plastic bag and lay it over your ankle for 10 to 20 minutes per hour until the swelling goes down. Tip A bag of frozen peas or a commercial ice pack can be used instead of ice and may cover the affected injury more fully. Step 3: Compress injury Compress the injured ankle with a protective brace or a compression bandage for the first 24 to 36 hours. Be careful not to wrap it too tightly and cut off blood circulation. Step 4: Elevate your ankle Elevate your ankle for two to three hours each day, raising your ankle above your heart level while lying down. Elevation will decrease the swelling and bruising. Tip A good rule of thumb is to stay off of your ankle as much as possible until it has healed. Step 5: Use crutches Use crutches when walking to decrease the pressure on the injury, accelerate healing, and prevent further injury. Step 6: See a doctor See a doctor if pain and swelling persists, or if you believe you may have broken your ankle. Did You Know? Ankle sprains usually result from people rolling their ankle inward and tearing the fibers of ankle ligaments.
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