When ankle injuries strike
Differentiating an ankle sprain from a fracture isn't always easy because both injuries can cause pain, swelling and bruising. If your pain is bearable, you can manage your injury at home with over-the-counter medications and a little RICE:
- Icing your ankle for up to 20 minutes every two to four hours until swelling starts to subside
- Compressing the ankle by wrapping it an elastic bandage
- Elevating the foot and ankle
If you can't put weight on your foot or if your symptoms persist despite at-home care, it's time for an X-ray.