Dr. Travis Jones from Northside Cherokee Orthopedics and Sports Medicine answers a reader’s question about how to treat a sprained ankle.
Q: What’s the best method for treatment for a sprained ankle?
A: For a sprained ankle, remember the RICE method. Rest: stay off your feet. Ice: apply ice to the area for 20 minutes every three to four hours for 48 hours. Compress: wrap your ankle with an elastic bandage. Elevate: raise your ankle as much as possible to reduce swelling. Medication such as ibuprofen may be used to help reduce inflammation. If your condition does not improve or you begin to experience increased pain, swelling, bruising and difficulty walking, contact a physician immediately.