How is an ankle injury treated?

Treatment for ankle pain depends on the cause, and whether it is a sprain or fracture.

To treat ankle pain, you are usually required to stay off your foot (with the use of crutches) for a few days or weeks, depending on the extent of the injury. When reclining, you will usually be told to elevate (raise) your foot.

Your doctor may also:

  • Tell you to apply ice to your ankle up to three times a day to reduce swelling.
  • Prescribe a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
  • Advise that you take over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen to help with the swelling and pain.

In cases of severe ankle injuries, surgery may be necessary.

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