Here are some home remedies for a sprained ankle:
- Rest and elevate: Stop any activities that put weight on the ankle, and elevate it to reduce swelling.
- Ice: Apply an ice pack to the ankle for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours to reduce swelling and numb pain.
- Compression: Wrap the ankle with an elastic bandage to reduce swelling and provide support.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers: Take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
- Physical therapy exercises: Gentle exercises prescribed by a physical therapist can help improve range of motion and strengthen the ankle.
- Use crutches: If needed, use crutches to take pressure off the ankle and reduce weight bearing.
- Avoid heat: Avoid applying heat to the ankle, as it can increase swelling.
It’s important to seek medical attention if you suspect a more serious sprain or if symptoms don’t improve after a few days of home care.