A sprained ankle is a very common injury. A sudden movement can cause the joints of the ankle to move out of place and that is when you get a sprained ankle [ข้อ เท้า พลิก, which is the term in Thai]. Stretching of the ligament causes a mild sprain while severe sprains are caused when the ligament is torn. Sprains can vary in degree of pain and swelling. Common symptoms of sprains include bruising, inability to walk normally, redness, swelling, etc.
Tips To Treat A Sprained Ankle
If you have a mild sprain, the following methods of taking care of your ankle at home may help in faster recovery and will also protect your ankle from further injuries which might need you to go to a doctor.
The RICE Therapy
RICE, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation, is widely recommended by doctors all over the world because it works wonders as it reduces swelling and soreness. Resting is very essential for you as too much movement can cause further damage to the already painful and injured ankle.
Applying an ice pack to the injured area can also relieve the aching area and can reduce the swelling. Compression helps in stabilizing the injured joint so a tight bandage should be wrapped around the injured area. You must sleep with the injured foot or ankle kept comfortably on a pillow and it should be raised at a level higher than your heart as elevation helps in reducing the accumulated fluid in the joint.
Applying heat packs to the sprained ankle can prove to be very effective as it relaxes tight muscles and eases the pain. Do not apply heat when the ankle is swollen because that might slow down the healing and increase the swelling.
Stretching is recommended by doctors as it improves flexibility and the range of motion of the ankle. Certain exercises can heal your ankle and are also recommended by doctors but do not overdo it.
A light massage around the ankle and under the foot can increase the blood flow and ease the pain. If the pain is terrible, you must take help from a professional massage therapist.
These are some of the methods which are proven to be quite effective in healing ankle sprains. If none of the remedies are easing the pain after days of trying them out, it is recommended that you must see a doctor as some sprains are severe and cannot be healed at home as they would require surgery.