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Do you use heat or cold for a sprained ankle?
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Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
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Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
2 doctors agree
In brief: Varies
Initially ice is great as it decreases the swelling and pain.
After about 72 hours, you can apply heat, which helps to heal the injury.

In brief: Varies
Initially ice is great as it decreases the swelling and pain.
After about 72 hours, you can apply heat, which helps to heal the injury.
Dr. Selene Parekh
Dr. Selene Parekh
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