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.

Mark Scholl, MD
After his orthopedic residency, Dr. Scholl elected to pursue additional training in the care of athletes, and completed a fellowship at the University of Utah in advanced techniques of knee and shoulder arthroscopy and reconstructive surgery. His interest in research continued while in fellowship and his work has been published in orthopedic journals. Dr. Scholl is team physician for the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League, the US Ski Team and USA Rugby. Dr. Scholl satisfies his own athletic drive by competing in marathon and ultra-marathon distance running and endurance road biking.
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About Mark Scholl, MD

After his orthopedic residency, Dr. Scholl elected to pursue additional training in the care of athletes, and completed a fellowship at the University of Utah in advanced techniques of knee and shoulder arthroscopy and reconstructive surgery. His interest in research continued while in fellowship and his work has been published in orthopedic journals. Dr. Scholl is team physician for the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League, the US Ski Team and USA Rugby. Dr. Scholl satisfies his own athletic drive by competing in marathon and ultra-marathon distance running and endurance road biking.