How to treat an ankle sprain with a brace or an ACE bandange?

Aggressive PT. Physical therapy and ankle rehab has shown to be superior, but relative support can be provided to the ankle for pain.
Ice, rest. The best treatment is for rest, ice and nsaid. Sometimes an ankle brace is helpful to avoid inversion of the ankle which can reinjure to ankle or exacerbate symptoms.
Ace bandage. An Ace bandage is sufficient for protection and compression, immediately following an ankle sprain. A lace up ankle brace is excellent for support, once you become more active.
Many possibilities. Treatment depends of the exact type and severity of the injury. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

Related Questions

In PT for bad ankle sprain, but just badly reinjured getting back to cheer (with a good brace). If PT isn't helping, what's next?

RICE. Rest, ice, elevation of that limb. To facilitate healing it needs time to heal just like anything else. Continuing to exert on that limb will cause reinjury and eventually the possibility of permanent injury. Do not ice for more than 15 minutes at a time as this can cause damage to your skin, do not apply ice directly to the skin either, wrap it in a towel or something of that sort. Read more...
Don't quit PT. Physical therapy will help improve your proprioception so as to improve your ability to prevent future ankle sprains. Even the best brace can't prevent all injuries. I understand you are eager to return to cheer, but patience will be your best friend. Read more...

When will the pain of a mild grade 1 ankle sprain go away? It happened on wednesday. I played lacrosse yesterday with it braced and it was a pester

Time. Heals all wounds. Doesn't help that you played on it again. Ice as much as possible. Could take up to 6-8 weeks....... Read more...
Limit activity. Rigorous activity should be limited for optimal healing. Use of a brace may help support an area during activity, but they have their limitations. Consult with your doctor and get their professional advice. Read more...

For a severe ankle sprain, do I wear a brace when resting or just for walking?

Ask your doctor. With sprains, the degree of how much weightbearing and with what assistance depends on the injury. Do this under a supervision of your doctor. Read more...
Used for support. A rigid brace is most effective when used while bearing weight. Read more...

2nd degree ankle sprain 4 weeks ago. Still pain when pressed around ankle and walking far even with brace. How to speed up recovery? Crutches needed?

Physical Therapy. The quickest way to recover is to be involved in a good ankle rehabilitation program. This should include streching, strengthening and proprioception exercises. If after completing the rehab you are still having problems then you may need an MRI to evaluate your cartilage and soft tissue around your ankle. Read more...
Have it evaluated. Ankle pain following and injury may last a long time. The pain may be due to a fracture, sprains, arthritis, or a soft tissue injury involving the tendon, ligaments or nerves . Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. Read more...

How should I go about returning to athletic play after an ankle sprain? Is a brace or athletic taping better?

Brace. A brace is a more secure way to protect your ankle from re-injury. Eventually taping will be ok but at the beginning it is best to have good support. Taping can be very strong, depending on who does it, but it is not as strong as a good brace. However, it depends on what athletic activity you are doing because the brace will limit your mobility more. Read more...