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What is the immediate treatment recommended for a mild ankle sprain? I sprained my ankle during a soccer game.
For the first 24 - 36 hours of a mild ankle sprain, use the "RICE" method. RICE stands for the following:
REST - stay off the injured area
ICE - apply ice packs for 20 minute periods each hour
COMPRESSION - wrap the area
ELEVATION - raise the area above your heart to lessen the swelling
Remember, these steps are for a mild sprain. If you hear a popping when injured, have severe pain, or do not see a significant reduction in the swelling in a day or two, see your physician.