Nov - 11 - 2015

Remedies for a Sprained Ankle

Sometimes accidents happen. If there is a large crack in the sidewalk, a slippery floor, or an uneven step with no warning/caution signs, it is very easy to slip and fall. This slip could result in a number of injuries, including a sprained ankle. (Insert slip and fall reference to K&E). This is just one example of common ways to manage getting a sprained ankle.

Sprained ankles can make living life uncomfortable. There are some things that are good for your sprained ankle that can be done easily from your home. They follow the common medical practice of R.I.C.E. We’ll walk you through this method.

R means rest. After sustaining an injury and having it looked at by the doctor, it is important to rest the ankle. For at least the first 72 hours, try to stay off the injury in order to allow it the opportunity to begin to heal and prevent further injury.

I is for ice. For the first 48-72 hours, it is advisable to ice the ankle. Doing so will reduce pain and swelling, and it will minimize internal bleeding, which will prevent severe bruising. When icing the ankle, apply ice (wrapped in cloth) to ankle for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours or so.

C for compression. Compression minimizes the range of motion, which will minimize pain. Compression also controls swelling because while some swelling is unpreventable, too much is not good. Wrap the ankle in an elastic bandage like these bandages from ACE (http://www.acebrand.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/AceBrand/Home/Products/Product-Catalog/~/ACE-Brand-Elastic-Bandages?N=4304+3294529207+3294605848&rt=rud). The wrap should be tight enough to limit movement of the ankle, but also allow normal muscle blood flow and contraction.

E equals elevate. Elevating the ankle to at least heart level allows the venous blood to flow throughout the body.

Other remedies for pain. Epsom salts help with the pain and calming muscles. Lemongrass oil mixed with olive oil can help with pain and regenerating torn ligaments. Mix 1 part lemongrass oil with 4 parts olive oil and apply to ankle 3 or 4 times a day. Ginger can help to reduce pain and swelling. Soak ginger in warm water and wrap ankle with a cloth soaked in the solution.

Remember, while ankle sprains are common injuries, if your injury was caused by the carelessness of another, it is important to seek an attorney’s help, so you can help prevent the same injury happening to others.

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