Full Sprained Ankle Recovery – Step Two
The body’s first reaction to an ankle sprain is the inflammatory response of swelling. Swelling results from the movement of fluid and white blood cells into the area of inflammation. The pain is caused by the release of chemicals and the compression of nerves in the area. Although swelling is the first stop towards healing, it is important to treat it appropriately at this stage as prolonged swelling can lead to decreased ability to activate the muscles around the joint and ultimately weaken the ankle.
It’s a good idea to keep a gel pack (avaliable at most pharmacies) in your freezer at home in case of emergency as these can be reused when needed, however other frozen items such as a bag of vegetables wrapped in a cloth will suffice. Ice packs can be applied for periods of 15 minutes every two hours in the days immediately following the injury.
Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation still apply but if (and only if!) it’s not too painful you can add some movement -
Detailed Summary for Day Two
Not much difference from the activities of day one, but a day later it should be a bit easier to assess the severity of the sprain!