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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
How can I take care of this at home, right away?
Use the following acronym for the initial care of all acute injuries: RICE.
Place ice on the injured area for 20 to 30 minutes each hour. Do not put the ice directly on the skin because it can cause frostbite. Instead, wrap the ice in a wet towel or cloth to protect the skin.
But remember – only a doctor can tell you how bad the injury is.
How does a doctor treat an ankle sprain?
Rehabilitation can begin a few days after the injury, when the swelling starts to go down. There are three goals to aim for in rehabilitation.
Restore motion and flexibility.
After 60 to 70 percent of the ankle's normal motion has returned, you can begin strengthening exercises using a rubber tube for resistance.
When can I return to sports?
Return to sports only after you have met these goals:
Should I use a brace when I play sports?
Taping the ankle or using a brace for support can help prevent re-injury. There are many different types of braces, some made of neoprene, some made of elastic material, and some with extra straps or ties for support. Select a brace that feels like it gives you the best support for the activity you want to do.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”