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How to Use the RICE Treatment for Your Ankle Injury in Santa Fe - February 11, 2013

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by Jason Rockwood, DPM

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Dr. Jason Rockwood DPM of Foot and Ankle Associates

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Running, wheather on the trails of Santa Fe or on a treadmill in the gym, is a fun and great way to stay in shape. With running comes an endless amount of health benefits that will help you live a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, this can all come to a halt due to an ankle injury.

An ankle injury can cause a great deal of pain, making it hard to even walk. When you are put out of commission due to a sprained ankle in Santa Fe, it is important to begin treatment for it immediately. After a sprain, you can begin home treatment right away.

The best way to treat a sprained ankle is to use the R.I.C.E. method. To perform this method you should:

  • Rest – The first 24-48 hours after the injury are the most crucial time to treat the ankle. If possible, it is best to stay off the ankle completely. Consider using a crutch if you must walk.

  • Ice – The ankle should be iced for a period of 20 minutes at a time every three to four hours. To ice the ankle use a bag of frozen vegetable, allowing you to be able to re-use the bag. It is important not to ice the ankle more than 20 minutes at a time.

  • Compression – Using an Ace bandage, wrap the ankle tightly from the toes to the calf muscle. Be sure that you wrap it tight but not tight enough to cut off circulation.

  • Elevate – The ankle should be elevated as often as you can. When elevating, keep the ankle higher than your heart.

With any foot and ankle injury, it is important to seek care from an experienced Santa Fe podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Associates, Inc. Call 505-982-0123 today to get the treatment your foot deserves, so you’re up and running again soon!