What is the treatment for a swollen ankle?

Swelling by itself is not something to be too worried about. Swelling is one way the body tells you that something has been injured or damaged. Swelling can be a good thing if it is closely paid attention to. The fluid contains different chemicals and nutrients that will help the damaged tissue to begin healing.

Although swelling is good for healing, it can be bad if there is too much. Too much swelling could cause you to be unable to move your ankle, or limit the amount of strength you have in the ankle. It is important to make sure that you limit the amount of swelling by keeping your foot elevated and using a cold compress. By elevating your foot, you can use gravity to your advantage and move the swelling out of your ankle. This allows the swelling to perform its beneficial function, but also keeps it from causing any further problems. (This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern University Athletic Training Education Program)

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Bone & Joint Injuries

Bone & Joint Injuries

Often caused by falls, trauma, or injury, bone and joint injuries can sometimes be serious enough to require surgery. A broken bone can occasionally puncture your skin, causing intense pain. If you suspect that you have a broken b...

one, you will need medical treatment right away. In serious cases, pins, screws, and plates are placed into the body to stabilize the bone and help it heal. Joints connect our bones, and joint injuries can often occur in the elbows and knees. To reduce your risk of joint injury, stay healthy. Staying at a healthy weight and keeping your muscles strong and fit reduces the wear and tear on your joints.

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