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Home remedies for sprained ankle

The following home remedies can help you to treat sprained ankle and get relief faster. Let's find out what other effective home remedies available.

PRICE therapy

PRICE is an acronym that will help you to prevent injury to affected area. It is effective against first and second degree ankle sprain.

Protect the area: if you are suffering from ankle sprain, you should not start massaging the area even though many people may advise you to do so. You should not do it because it can increase the severity of the injury. Instead, you need to protect the affected ankle. You can do so by wearing sneakers or crocs or any other footwear that comes with a soft sole and has good side paddings.

Rest: since the first 48 to 70 hours after the accident is highly critical, you need to understand the importance of rest during this period. If you want to enhance the healing, you should not put any pressure on the affected area. So, minimise walking and if possible to not even stand on that leg. You can use crutches or a wheelchair if you really need to move around a little bit. Use a walking stick if necessary.

Ice: Ice is useful because it can reduce inflammation. The cold will constrict the blood vessels and that will increase the blood pressure in that area and so as a result of that swelling will reduce. You can use an ice pack on the affected ankle. Keep it for 20 minutes and then repeated several times during the day. If you do not have an icepack at home, you can also use a frozen vegetable bag.

Compression: elastic compression wraps are available which will help you to protect the area from injuries. Such wraps are available in the first aid kit and also in the nearby pharmacies. It will distribute the weight in your ankles. You don't have to tie the wrap too tightly because too tight wraps can result in additional damage to the affected area.

Elevation: you need to elevate the affected ankle above your heart. Keep it in that position for three hours every day and that will help you to reduce the swelling and bruising after the sprain. Do it for at least three days.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a well-known herbal medicine that will help you by reducing your inflammation after an ankle sprain. It's a natural painkiller. You can add 1 teaspoon of turmeric in a warm milk glass and drink it as it will help you to heal the bruises. You can put turmeric on the affected parts and then bandage it to reduce the inflammation by providing the compression necessary. Use fresh turmeric for bandaging because it will be more effective.

Onion

Onion useful against sprained ankle because it has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful in the compression treatment. You can use a paste of onion along with the compression bandage to provide better relief to your sprained ankle. You can also chop an onion and apply the parts on the affected area. Use the compression bandage to hold the onion parts in place. If possible refrigerate the onion parts before you apply them. Refrigerate them for a few hours. Then add little bit of salt to it and then use the onion on the sprained ankle with the help of the compression bandage. The salt will draw the juice from the onion and that juice will help you to effectively treat your sprained ankle and to reduce the inflammation.

References
1. Heal A Sprained Ankle Fast
2. Ankle Injuries and Disorders
3. Ankle sprains