An ankle sprain is a common injury for athletes, yet is also prevalent in clumsy and uncoordinated people. You can suffer an agonizing sprain from simply tripping and bending your foot sideways or by falling down and landing on your ankle. But what if your local physician took a trip out of town for a couple of days? Or perhaps you were injured during a mountain climbing or biking accident in a remote area where the next hospital or healthcare facility is miles away? Foot pain and ankle pain can be given temporary relief through these simple yet effective steps.
But before learning and mastering these short-term reliefs, it is paramount to understand what an injury is. An ankle is sprained when it stretches and tears out its ligaments. It is the most typical form of injury to the ankle and foot area. The long-term effects of a sprained ankle are chronic or recurring ankle pain. When treating ankle sprains, the key to a successful self-treatment is to do it as soon as possible. Waiting and moving your foot while it is sprained may cause further damage to the ligaments and bones.
The first step is to protect the area that is sprained. All sprained ankles will feature a characteristic swelling of the ankle area. This is the spot you need to protect. Use a stabilizer, brace, tape, splint, or any wrap available to avoid further injury. When going on an outdoor activity that may result in a sprained ankle, you should always be prepared with these supplies.
Another way of achieving temporary relief for ankle pain is by resting it. Attempting to move with your sprained foot can lead to further damage to the area. If it is only a first-degree sprain, it could lead to a third-degree if mobility is not halted. Rest your feet from any further activity that can lead to pain or limping. Use a cane or a pair of crutches to support your weight at least until the swelling and pain subside from your sprained foot.
Cold compress is also a simple way of temporarily relieving your foot pain. Fill a plastic bag or towel with ice. Apply it within the swollen area for at least 15 minutes for 3 to 5 times per day. If possible, immerse yourself or your feet in an ice water bath.
Lastly, elevate the affected foot. Elevate the ankle at least atop heart level. This will improve blood flow thereby speeding up the healing process.