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Ankle Fracture (cont.)

Broken Ankle Self-Care at Home

If a person suspects an ankle fracture, call a doctor or go to a hospital's emergency department immediately. Until a person can get to a hospital or doctor's office they may try the following:

  • Stay off the injured ankle to not to injure it further.
  • Keep the ankle elevated to help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Apply cold packs to the injured area to decrease swelling and pain. Do not apply ice directly. Cold packs are effective for the first 24 to 48 hours.
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, etc.) is ideal for ankle injuries because it acts as both a pain medicine and a medicine to decrease inflammation.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2013

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