What Causes Sprained Ankles and Which Treatments Are Available?

Technicalities of Sprained Ankles

A sprained ankle is considered the most common non-life threatening condition. It can happen to anyone of any age and when it does it causes a great deal of discomfort. A little child and even an aged grandparent can contract this condition. Though it is nothing to worry about as it is so common and has no real lethal aspects to its nature, sometimes it is still better to know the dos and don’ts of this condition so one can expertly judge when it is in standard condition and when it is time for expert examination.

Causes of Sprained Ankles

For starters, a sprain is caused by moving a particular muscle or joint in a way which it is not accustomed to. Making your joints move out of their way can have serious precautions on themselves and the muscles surrounding them. When a muscle or joint is sprained it basically means that there has been an abnormal stretch within the muscles and the joint themselves. This means that there is a high chance of causing a partial tear and even a full tear within the surrounding muscles. Depending on how big the tear is and in what condition it is in, there will be severe pain.

Though there are varied appearances when it comes to sprained ankles, they are usually identified by swelling around the area, bruises and sudden immobility. This inability to move is what causes the most annoyance as one is not expected to move at all because of fear of worsening the already done damage.

RICE Method

Thankfully, there are now sprained ankle cures and remedies that have countless times been tried and tested to prove to be efficient and quick-working to elevate the pain and to restore mobility back to our ankles.

Because sprained ankles are considered a very everyday injury, meaning that they are really not that serious and do not require that much authorized care and attention, doctors now are prescribing their patients the RICE method.

RICE stands for

  • Rest
  • Icing
  • Compression
  • Elevation

This is one of the more traditional sided solutions of curing pain as all these methods can be done by hand, naturally. To ensure effective and fast healed ankles, one must follow these in their prescribed order:

Rest is one of the most underrated forms of remedies to ailments as people in today’s world want a quick, easy way out of pain. Resting, and restricting ones hectic everyday life to bare necessities only helps our bodies combat our internal wounds faster. We’re all familiar with our natural biology and how it basically, when given enough time and attention, can help resolve any disease and malady that befalls it.

Icing the sprained ankle helps with both the pain and the swollen appearance of the wound. Doctors recommend the usual 10 to 15 minute ice wrap around the affected area daily for ideal results.

Compression is prescribed to help with the pain and provide a cover-like feel to the aching ankles. A bandage should be wrapped around the affected area in a not too tight but snug fashion to contain the pain. Remember not to wrap very tightly as it may cut off blood circulation.

Finally, elevation is related to hoisting up the paining ankle above the ground and above heart level to reduce both pain and swelling.


Danny Simmons is a 28-year-old scientific researcher who enjoys watching YouTube videos, bowling and theatre. He is stable and careful, but can also be very lazy and a bit impatient.