Ankle Fracture (cont.)
Broken Ankle Self-Care at Home
If a person suspects they may have an ankle fracture, they should 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, Excedrin, Motrin) is ideal for ankle injuries because it
acts as both a pain medicine and a medicine to decrease inflammation.
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