How to Ice an ankle Injury

How to Ice an ankle Injury?

Get the ice on quickly! Icing is most effective in the immediate period following an injury. The effect of icing diminishes significantly after about 48 hours. 

Perform an ice massage. Apply ice directly to the injury. Move the ice frequently, not allowing it to sit in one spot. 

Don't forget to elevate. Keep the injured body part elevated above the heart while icing. This will further help reduce swelling. 

Watch the clock. Ice for 15-20 minutes, but never longer. You can cause further damage to the tissues, including frostbite, by icing for too long. 

Allow time between treatments. Allow area to warm for at least 60 minutes before beginning the icing routine again. 

Repeat as desired. Ice as frequently as you wish, so long as the area is warm to touch and has normal sensation before repeating. 

Icing Tips: 

Ice Option 1 -- Traditional: Use a Ziploc bag with ice cubes or crushed ice. Add a little water to the ice bag so it will conform to your body. 

Ice Option 2 -- Best: Keep paper cups filled with water in your freezer. Peel the top of the cup away and massage the ice-cup over the injury in a circular pattern allowing the ice to melt away. 

Ice Option 3 -- Creative: Use a bag of frozen peas or corn from the frozen goods section. This option provides a reusable treatment method that is also edible. 

Prevent Frostbite: Do not allow ice to sit against the skin without a layer of protection. Either continually move the ice or use a thin towel between the ice and skin.