He advises following four steps by keeping the acronym “RICE” in mind– rest, ice, compression and elevate.
Staying off the injured ankle, wrapping it with an ACE bandage, icing it and keeping it elevated should lead to a decrease in the swelling and pain.
“If within three to four days you can’t put weight on it and it is still painful, then you’d want to consider visiting with a physician,” Ervin says.
He also recommends seeking immediate medical care if the ankle is extremely swollen or if the foot is not in alignment. Those symptoms could suggest a fracture, he says.