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Should I use ice on an ankle sprain?

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Yes, you can use ice:

It will reduce the swelling, redness, and warmth.

  • Ice will counteract the increased blood flow to the injured area.
  • Applied soon after the injury, ice will prevent much of the inflammation from happening.
  • Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Use a thin towel between the ice and the injury, or use an ice bag. Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, with at least 20 minutes between applications. This is to help prevent frostbite, which can occur if you use ice too much or use it directly on your skin.

From: Sprained Ankle WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Howard A Blumstein, MD, FAAEM, Assistant Professor, Surgery; Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  


SOURCES:

eMedicineHealth: "Ankle Sprain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Ankle Sprain."

HealthyChildren.org: "Sprained Ankles."

UptoDate: "Ankle Sprain."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

Author: Howard A Blumstein, MD, FAAEM, Assistant Professor, Surgery; Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  


SOURCES:

eMedicineHealth: "Ankle Sprain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Ankle Sprain."

HealthyChildren.org: "Sprained Ankles."

UptoDate: "Ankle Sprain."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

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