According to a website on the wrong diagnosis on injuries about 1 million people every year in the United States injure their ankle. A common ankle injury is to roll the ankle. The good news is that a rolled ankle usually isn’t too serious and can be treated at home. These are some treatments for healing a rolled ankle.
When rolling an ankle just remember RICE. No, that doesn’t mean putting a rice pack on your ankle or eating rice (although I don’t think either would be harmful). RICE is a common acronym. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. The injured person should rest after rolling an ankle because using the ankle will slow down the healing.
After resting an ankle place an ice pack on the rolled ankle. Afterward, use an elastic bandage for compression. Both ice and compression will help to reduce the swelling in the ankle. The last step of RICE will also help to keep down the swelling. By elevating the ankle the blood flow will go away from the ankle and this will keep the swelling in the ankle down.
If RICE does not make the rolled ankle feel better in a day or two then a doctor should be consulted. There are a few different things the doctor could recommend. The first is that a doctor may recommend medication. This will likely not be anything too special. The doctor likely will just recommend some aspirin or a NSAID like ibuprofen.
Another suggestion a doctor might give if consulted is rehabilitation. After the ankle has started healing a doctor may be able to give some suggestions on exercises the injured person can do to get the ankle strong once again. When an ankle is rolled it could feel stiff afterward but exercises will prevent stiffness and increase the range of motion, mobility and strength in the injured ankle.
If the rolled ankle is the first time the injured person has suffered an injury to their ankle then it is unlikely the rolled ankle will require any treatment more serious than RICE or medication but if the injured person has a history of injury problems then it is possible to suffer a much worse injury that requires much more serious treatments.
If the injured person has a history of ankle injuries then rolling the ankle could cause a ruptured ligament. A ruptured ligament is also known as a third-degree sprain, which usually requires putting a hard cast on the ankle. A ruptured ligament will usually require a hard cast for about 2 – 3 weeks. It is possible the ankle could need even more serious treatment but is very unlikely. If repeated injuries to an ankle results in chronic pain then it might be necessary to resort to surgery.
Rice: rest, ice, compression, elevation, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Sprained Ankle, MedicineNet.com