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How to Soothe and Comfort Ankle Sprains

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Ankles are easy targets for twists, rolls and sprains. Just one wrong step or accidental trip can cause an injury. Cold therapy can help to minimize inflammation from injuries and provide soothing comfort and relief to the area of discomfort. Read on for more guidelines for taking care of an ankle injury:

Ankle Sprains
When a sudden unexpected movement causes your foot to jerk inward, it often causes your ankle to twist or roll. This can happen in the middle of a football game, on the ski mountain or even just walking down the street. When this happens, the ligaments that are around the ankle, attaching your foot to your leg, often stretch or tear, which can cause pain or discomfort. As such, swelling and even slight bruising will likely occur.

Some ankle sprains will be worse than others and may lead to difficulty walking if the area is too tender or sore. With all cases, the pain will most likely be the most severe as soon as the injury happens. 

Caring For an Ankle Injury
One of the top methods recommended for tending to an ankle injury is to follow the RICE approach: rest, ice, compression and elevate. Following the first guideline, it's important to stay off of your ankle as soon as the injury happens to avoid putting pressure or weight on the ankle. Then, icing right away will help to bring down the swelling.

After icing, consider the Sunbeam® Moist / Dry Heat Heating Pad for applying therapeutic heat therapy to the injured area. This king-sized heating pad can rest easily over your ankle and the surrounding area to provide direct heat that can help increase blood flow and stimulate recovery. With UltraHeat™ technology, the deliver of heat is even and consistent.

When to Use Heat Therapy
Once the swelling has gone down, using heat therapy on an injury can help to promote comfort and speed up the healing process. This will usually be a few days after the initial injury took place. Once the inflammation has gone down, heat therapy can help to revive the flow of blood in the damaged area and restore the flow of nutrients as well. If there is any inflammation remaining, the application of heat can also help to diminish that.

And remember, before you get back out there it's important to ensure that your ankle is feeling back to normal so that you avoid another injury. Extra stretching and warming up prior to physical activity can be beneficial as well.