Many of us would have experienced a sprained ankle at some point in our lives. And do you remember what you did at that point. If it was a mild sprain then maybe you would have just moved along after some pain relief medication to get rid of the pain everytime you stepped on that foot, but other than that you would not have required much treatment, so you would have managed it at home itself. But if it was a severe sprain with a lot of swelling and pain then you probably would have been rushed to the emergency department of a hospital and they would have then proceeded to treat you with the necessary medication. So is there a difference to both types of treatment. Is there a different way you should treat mild sprains and severe sprains. Is there a difference in the outcome of the two types of treatment? Well let’s answer some of these common questions that most people have about ankle sprains.
What is the best method of treatment?
After many years of research it has been proven that the best method of treatment for any kind of ankle sprain is done in four steps. And this is the method that is followed in all hospitals and qualified physio clinic in Singapore. And this is what the doctors recommend that people should follow at home as well. So these four steps are given the acronym RIC. The letters stand for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. So whenever you have sprained your ankle you should follow the above mentioned steps to make sure that your recover well.
If you ask your physiotherapist what these steps mean they will explain to you that first you should rest that particular ankle well, and avoid all types of movement on that ankle which can aggravate the existing problem. Then you should apply some ice on that ankle which will help to bring down the swelling that occurs in their area. You should keep the ice pack over the ankle initially for 15-20 minutes and then repeat this process very two to three hours to get the expected outcome. Then you should wrap the affected ankle which is also done to reduce the swelling. But you have to keep in mind not to wrap it too tightly so that the circulation to the ankle gets cut off. Then you have to keep your ankle elevated above the level of your heart which again helps to reduce the swelling by helping to drain the fluid that is getting collected at the ankle in faster manner.
So if you ever experience an ankle sprain now you know the few easy steps that you can follow at home to treat them easily.