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A 44-year-old member asked:

Doctors can you tell me when should i use ice and when should i use heat on a sprained ankle?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
RICE: Rice. Rest- 24 to 28 hrs. Avoid activities that require use of your ankle. Ice- for first 2 days after injury, apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours. A bag of frozen peas is good. Compression- you can wrap your foot, ankle & lower leg with an ace wrap. Make sure it is not so tight that it decreases your circulation. Elevate- elevate ankle above your heart. Can prop on a pillow.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Do you use heat or cold for a sprained ankle?

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Dr. Haleh Agdassi
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 27 years experience
Ice is best: Ice is best in the first 24-72 hours following an ankle sprain. This helps decrease the swelling and inflammation which in turn decreases the pain. Do not leave the ice on for more than 15-20minutes. Use a towel to protect your skin against the ice. This can be repeated several x day. Price (protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation). *if pain continues or worsens please see your doctor.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Do you think I should apply ice or heat to a sprained ankle?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
Podiatry 24 years experience
RICE when acute: If you just sprained your ankle, follow the rice protocol - rest, ice, compression and elevate. Also follow-up with a foot/ankle specialist to have the injury examined. Even if you can walk on it, it won't hurt to have it checked properly.
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A 46-year-old male asked:

How does ice help a sprained ankle?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Ice: In the first 6 to 12 hours of a an injury ice can act as an anti-inflammatory.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have a broken or sprained ankle?

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Dr. Scott Shields
Podiatry 30 years experience
See your podiatrist: You can have a sprain that hurts too bad to walk on and you can have a mild fracture that you can walk on. Protect your future and see your podiatrist who will examine and x ray it and get you back to activity.
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Dr. Matthew Wilkin
Podiatry 25 years experience
Get it an X-ray and have it looked at by a podiatrist and then you will know for sure.
Sep 14, 2013
Last updated Oct 22, 2016

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