- Ankle sprains occur after a rapid and uncontrolled “roll” of the ankle
- Swelling and/or bruising indicates structural damage, usually involving a ligament or bone
- The pain can often worsen over the first 1-2 days due to the body’s acute inflammatory response. This does not mean the injury is getting worse though
- Don’t take anti inflammatory meds (eg. Nurofen, Advil, Voltaren) in the first 3 days as it can worsen any bleeding and swelling
- Compression is the most important part of the RICE approach (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
- Around 7% of ankle sprains involve cartilage damage inside the ankle, delaying recovery and causing recurrent swelling
The recommendations make it simple to get the right boot first time, to speed up your recovery.
- Fractures can cause less pain and swelling than torn ligaments in the early stages – don’t assume it’s not fractured because you can walk in it.