R.I.C.E. – How to Treat an Ankle Sprain

If you experience an ankle injury, see a doctor if you are concerned about torn ligaments or possible broken bones. Most ankle sprains will respond to the RICE formula for initial treatment and pain relief.

R = Rest
Rest the leg and keep weight off of the injured foot.

I = Ice
Ice the ankle frequently for 20 minutes at a time. A bag of frozen corn or peas works well for this purpose. Place a thin towel or cloth between your skin and the ice bag.

C = Compression
Wrap the ankle in a compression bandage to help reduce swelling.

E = Elevate
Keep the foot and ankle elevated to minimize swelling.

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