Ankle Injury

Ankle Injury

What is Ankle Sprain?

An ankle sprain occurs when the ankle joint turns too far in a specific direction. This causes one or more of the ligaments to overstretch or in some cases even tear. Ligaments are tough, flexible bands of connective tissue inside the ankle that hold the bones together.



  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain with movement and weight bearing



The best way to remember  the treatment for an ankle injury, is by the mnemonic “RICE.”  These letters stand for the following:

Rest: It is important to stay off your feet, use crutches, and rest your ankle

Ice: You can apply a cold gel pack, a bag of frozen vegetables, or a bag of ice to the ankle. Ice for 15 minutes every 1-2 hours as able.

Compression: This means applying pressure to your ankle. You can do this by using an elastic bandage or compression sleeve. Your medical provider or nurse can show you how to wrap your ankle. It is important not to restrict blood flow.

Elevation: Keep your foot raised above the level of your heart by using pillows while laying down.

NSAID’s: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can reduce pain and swelling.

Do not take on an empty stomach and use according to package instruction.


When to seek medical help

  • You cannot put weight on your ankle
  • Your ankle looks deformed or feels unstable