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How To Care For An Ankle Injury

How To Care For An Ankle Injury

Ankle injuries are notorious for sidelining athletes, but it doesn't have to be that way. Proper care can minimize missed games and practices. So watch VideoJug's guide on how to care for an ankle injury.

Step 1: Assess The Injury

The most common ankle injury is to the anterior taylor-fibullar ligament, which is on the outside of the ankle, and the reason for that is that you typically will roll over on the ankle and have what's called an inversion type of injury.

Step 2: Check For Swelling

When this injury occurs you will often see a lot of swelling or bruising or bleeding inside the tissue that will end up as a bruised spot that leaks down into the bottom of the foot.

Step 3: Treat Your Ankle

No matter where the injury is to a ligament, the treatment is very similar, and very simple. We often use icing, or intermittent heating, with the icing, sometimes immobilization, in traditional medicine, you should use what's called

The Rice Protocol, which is an acronym for :
REST
ICE
COMPRESSION
ELEVATION

Step 4: Rest Your Ankle

When you have injured your ankle, it is important to rest your leg right away.

If there is no obvious deformity and you are not in severe pain, some Doctors suggest anti-inflammatories to help you ease the ache and help you rest easier.

Step 5: Apply Ice To The Area

Applying ice to the injury will do more to reduce swelling for most people than medications. The sooner you get the ice on the injury, the better. As the swelling goes down, so will your pain.

Step 6: Elevate The Area

Ideally, prop the ankle up so that it is above the level of your heart.
Remember, without an x-ray, you can't completely rule out a fracture - even if nothing looks broken or swollen on the outside. So, if in doubt, head straight for the nearest emergency room. It's better safe than sorry.

Treat your ankle injury properly and you will be back on track in no time.