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Please provide some do's and don'ts on dealing with a sprained ankle.

43 doctor answers46 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Ignore: When you first sprain your ankle, use ice, then over the next day or two, transition to ice or heat.
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 36 years experience
Ignore: Sprains heal-don't rush to resume and re-injure it. Give it a few days rest before a restart.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Employ RICE method: Rest ice compression elevation don't use hot water and soak in first 24 hours this could increase swelling of ankle.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: If it's severely sprained, don't wait bear on it immediately.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Do apply cold ice packs during the first few days of injury.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Do elevate your ankle above heart level during the first few days of ankle sprain.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Do: Do rest, ice, compress, and elevate a sprained ankle.
Dr. Hal Blatman
Pain Management 42 years experience
Do: Do not take anti-inflammatory drugs or smoke cigs, they both decrease healing dramatically.
Dr. Jeffrey Kahn
45 years experience
Ignore: Use ice and an elastic support to reduce swelling.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Keep sprained ankle elevated and ice it to decrease swelling and pain.
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Ignore: Do ice, strengthen, ambulate, brace Don't use heat, wear heels, flip flops.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Ignore: If you used to exercise frequently, you may feel down. Find out if you can swim while ankle heals.
Dr. Zach Patrick
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
ICE,: ICE, ICE and MORE ICE. No heating pads! Advil (ibuprofen) or Alieve. Use it but don't do the things that hurt.
Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Ignore: It takes time for a sprained ankle to heal; listen to your body.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Nothing: Nothing replaces rest, ice, compression, elevation, and time.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Ignore: Do elevate and ice the ankle for the first two days to reduce swelling.
Dr. Vinay Pampati
Orthopedic Surgery 18 years experience
Ignore: RICE: rest, ice, compression, elevation.
Dr. Jocelyn Curry
Podiatry 15 years experience
Ignore: Wearing an ankle brace during strenuous exercises can help prevent re-injury.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Submerse: Submerse the foot and ankle in a bucket of ice water for 20 min right away to keep down swelling.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Elevate,: Elevate, then ice a sprained ankle 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off for the first two days.
Dr. Manuel Lopez diaz
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
First: First put some ice, elevate the leg and put an elastic bandage. If not allergic, Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen).
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Ignore: Keep ankle elevated above heart level to help reduce the swelling associated with a sprained ankle.
Dr. Dimitrios Avgerinos
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Use: Use ice to prevent from edema creation, rest, seek medical advice if extreme pain.
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 44 years experience
Ignore: Rest, ice, compression (like an ace wrap or ankle brace) and elevation are all immediate first-aid.
Dr. Steven Shannon
Orthopedic Surgery 9 years experience
Ignore: Best nonoperative treatment for an ankle sprain-think RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 33 years experience
Ignore: DO- Rest, Ice, Compression (wrap) and Elevate. DON'T- ignore swelling or bruising. Get it checked.
Dr. David Iorio
Podiatry 31 years experience
Ignore: Do apply ice for the first 12-72 post injury. Do not apply heat until after swelling has resolved.
Dr. Richard Taddeo
Podiatry 27 years experience
Ignore: Use ice on area as much as possible. Rest and elevate. Wear a brace or supportive tape. Massage.
Dr. Zachary Veres
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Ignore: DO ambulate , DO start ankle exercises immediately, don't baby this.
Dr. Matthew Wilkin
Podiatry 25 years experience
Ignore: Use RICE treatment (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Get an X-ray. Decrease activity until better.
Dr. Nima Moghaddas
Podiatry 29 years experience
Ignore: Rest, ice, apply compression with ace bandage, and elevate.
Dr. Austin Yeargan
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Ignore: Tape the ankle prior to athletic activity or use a brace that controls motion in the coronal plane.
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 45 years experience
Ignore: Rest it. Ice it with Compression. Elevate it as high as you can. Crutches as necessary.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Ignore: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation = RICE therapy. Expect pain/swelling to diminish in 2-3 days.
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Ignore: A bad sprained ankle can lead to a chronic unstable ankle. Needs to be checked by a doctor.
Dr. Alec Hochstein
Podiatry 25 years experience
Ignore: Do Apply Ice, Do add a compression dressing, do continue range of motion to tolerance , get an X-ray.
Dr. Gregory Kramer
Specializes in Podiatry
Ignore: RICE, Rest, Ice, Compression and elevation.
Dr. Daniel Kirk
Podiatry 18 years experience
Ignore: Rehab is the most important thing in sprains. Start range of motion exercises as soon as you can.
Dr. Jimmy Lee
Specializes in Podiatry
Ignore: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate (R.I.C.E.) DO NOT APPLY HEAT TO THE ANKLE IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS.
Dr. Alex Mompoint
A Verified Doctoranswered
Pain Management 25 years experience
In: In the acute phase of a sprained ankle apply pressure, rest, ice, for 20 min. every 2 hrs, elevation.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: It's important to go through a rehab program after a sprained ankle. Supportive shoes + ankle brace.
Dr. Keith Johnson
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Ignore: DO rest, ice, compress (wrap), and elevate the ankle DON'T- run until pain and swelling decrease.
Dr. Richard Mallia
A Verified Doctoranswered
Podiatry 22 years experience
Rest,: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If too painful to bear wait do not stand. ROM is good.

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