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    Ankle Sprain Treatment

    Go to the emergency room if: Pain, bruising, or swelling is severe, the ankle looks deformed or seems dislocated, or the person can't put any weight on the ankle.

    1. Control Swelling

    • Remove ankle bracelets or toe rings right away.

    Do RICE therapy:

    • Rest the ankle. Use crutches if necessary.
    • Ice the ankle for 20 to 30 minutes several times a day for the first 2 days.
    • Compress by wrapping the ankle lightly -- not tightly -- with an Ace bandage or elastic ankle brace.
    • Elevate the ankle above heart level for the first 48 hours.

    2. Manage Pain and Inflammation

    3. See a Health Care Provider

    • Make an appointment as soon as possible for any ankle sprain, mild or severe. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 19 unless told to do so by a doctor.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on 1/, 016

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