Following an ankle injury it is important to have the ankle evaluated by a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment. If you are unable to do so right away, go to the emergency room and then follow up with Dr. Crosby as soon as possible for a more thorough assessment.
Until you are able to be examined by a doctor, the “R.I.C.E.” method should be followed. This involves:
Rest - It is crucial to stay off the injured foot, since walking can cause further damage.
Ice - To reduce swelling and pain, apply a bag of ice over a thin towel to the affected area for 20 minutes of each waking hour. Do not put ice directly against the skin.
Compression - Wrap the ankle in an elastic bandage or wear a compression stocking to prevent further swelling.
Elevation - Keep the foot elevated to reduce the swelling. It should be even with or slightly above the hip level.