Ankle sprains are one of the most common foot and ankle injuries, especially for athletes. But a sprained ankle can happen to anyone. An uneven sidewalk, a trip on some stairs, or a fall from a step stool can all result in pain and discomfort that can keep you off your feet for a bit.

If you do believe you have sprained your ankle, you can ease your pain and reduce the chances of further injury by taking some simple treatment steps immediately after your accident. Signs that you may have a sprained ankle include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Instability
  • Tenderness
  • Inability to put weight on the affected foot

The RICE Approach

The treatment protocol for ankle sprains and many other soft tissue injuries can be easily remembered by the mnemonic R-I-C-E: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.Read More