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.