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Ankle sprains are among the most common of injuries and are often associated with sports. However, a sprain can occur anywhere, and you can sprain your ankle simply stepping off your back steps the wrong way. The bones of the legs are attached to those of the feet by ligaments, which are tough, but elastic bands. When you get an ankle sprain, the ligaments have been damaged by being twisted. A mild sprain might involve a bit of tearing of the ligaments, while a more serious sprain will cause the ligaments to rupture. The twisting of the ankle that causes a severe sprain can also fracture the bones. When a bad ankle sprain occurs, it is best to see a doctor to make sure that the bones have not been injured.

Caring For A Sprained AnkleTaking Care Of A Sprain At Home

While there is no good place to have an ankle sprain, most people would rather that they occurred in their house or yard, rather than 20 miles into a wilderness area. It is easy for the ankle to twist the wrong way while even just walking through your backyard, and the shooting pain that accompanies the sprain will leave no doubt that something is wrong. The first thing to do is to get off your feet as quickly as possible, hobbling around on the sprain will only aggravate it.

For the first 24 to 72 hours, ice packs should be applied to the sprain; you should do this until the swelling goes down. Do not put ice directly onto your ankle, always use an ice bag or wrap the ice in a towel. You can also soak your foot and ankle in a basin of ice water. The cold will help to reduce the swelling and the pain. Do not leave the ice on your ankle continuously, 20 minutes is sufficient – allow the foot to warm up for around 30 minutes, then you can repeat the 37 Piece First Aid Kittreatment with the ice. Make sure to always have a first aid kit that offers all supplies needed such as the ice pack and bandages. Another option is to build your own kit and make sure it has the proper first aid supplies.

After removing the ice, you should wrap a compression bandage around your foot and ankle. Do not make it too tight, you do not to cut off the circulation. Once the bandage is on, elevate your foot. The combination of bandage and elevation should also help to reduce swelling and bruising.

When You Sprain Your Ankle On A Hike

Any injury other than a very minor one is enough to ruin the hike. It is very easy to sprain your ankle while walking over the sometimes rough terrain you will encounter in the wilderness. If you do experience a sprain, and upon examination, the swelling is not bad, then put your boot back on and lace it up fairly tightly. This should help to stabilize the sprain until you get back to civilization.

If, however, the sprain is bad and the swelling and bruising are severe, do not put your boot back on. Wrap the ankle and foot with a compression bandage. Make it tight enough so that your ankle will get some support, but not so tight that you cannot fit two fingers beneath it. Have a companion help you out of the area, and if you are alone, use a walking stick or staff. Aftercare is the same as the above and with a first aid kit.