Health Tip: Ice a Sprained Ankle04/04/13
(HealthDay News) -- When you sprain an ankle, applying ice can
help ease pain, swelling and stiffness associated with the
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these
suggestions to help you ice an ankle:
- For the first three days after spraining your ankle, apply an
ice treatment (a slush bath, ice pack or ice massage) every two to
- To use an ice pack treatment, partially fill a plastic bag with
crushed ice and place it on your inured ankle, making sure to first
apply a thin, wet cloth to the skin underneath the ice pack. Use an
elastic bandage to hold the pack in place.
- Soak your ankle in an ice bath by filling a large bucket with
ice and water, submerging the foot and ankle and soaking until the
area is numb.
- To give an ice massage, freeze water in small Styrofoam cups
and tear away the top section of the cup. Holding the end still
wrapped in the cup, gently rub the ice in circles over the injured
area without staying in one spot for longer than 30 seconds.
- Never apply ice to your ankle for longer than 20 minutes at a
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