The sooner treatment starts for a sprained ankle, the greater chance to prevent chronic pain and long term instability.
For all grades of ankle sprain follow the R.I.C.E. principles as soon as possible
- Rest your ankle - do not walk on it.
- Ice - this helps to keep the swelling down. Use ice on the injury several times a day for 15-20 minutes (more than 20 minutes is not advised)
- Compressive bandages are needed to immobilize the ankle sprain and to support the injury.
- Elevate the ankle above your heart level for as much as you can for 48 hours.
If the sprain is a 2nd or 3rd degree ankle sprain, seek professional advice immediately.