Sprained ankle is a small trauma that usually occurs in daily activities. It is characterized by any twisting in the ankle joint, may lead to trauma the ligament which its function is connecting the ankle bones together. This problem can happen easily whenever any greater strain force affects the ankle ligaments or when you twist your foot abruptly. You may experience its signs and symptoms like pain and pain increases when moving, bruising, swelling, restricted movement. Normally, you do not have to see the doctor cause a sprained ankle itself can disappear after a few weeks. But in some situations like severe and uncontrolled pain, foot or toes numbness or loss of feeling, unable to step, swelling lead to ankle deformity. In addition, there are many effective home remedies help you to deal with sprained ankle.
1. Rest, ice, compression and elevation
This is the most effective home remedies for sprained ankleLinks to an external site. that you should not forget it. The remedy helps decrease pain, reduce inflammation and also swelling, speed up the healing process. Ice can stop the bleeding from ligament injury while compression reduces the pain and prevent the risk of further injury. Rest and elevate the affected ankle to let it time for healing and lessen swelling and bruising. How to apply this approach
Restrict movement using the affected ankle, the use of crutches may be help.
Apply ice for the first 2 or 3 days after the trauma or until swelling disappear, cover some ice cubes with a soft towel then put it over the ankle, let it there for 10- 15 minutes. Repeat it 2 times daily for a few weeks. Remember not to apply the ice directly to the skin.
Wrap the elastic bandage for the first 24 to 36 hours (after any ice compress is the best). Rolling it from body of the foot to some inches above the ankle. Apply a regular force cause any too tight pressure leads to prevent blood flowing then appear numbness, make pain worse, swelling under the bandage. Keep wearing the bandage daily until swelling decreases and take off it before you go to bed.
Elevate the ankle 2-3 hours daily or at sleeping time. Put some pillow under your leg to keep the ankle higher than the level of your heart.
2. Turmeric powder
Turmeric not only helps to fight the inflammation, but also reduce swelling and pain, and rest the muscle so it can treat sprained ankle effectively.
Mix turmeric powder with warm water to form paste, the better is add some lime juice and make it warm. Then apply it over the ankle and wrap it with a bandage, let it there for at least 10 hours or overnight then remove.
In the other hand, add 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric powder in a cup of warm milk and drink it daily until noticed any changes.
3. Garlic juice
Garlic is an instant home remedy for sprained ankle due to its anti- inflammation effect. It soothes pain, improves the healing process, and also boosts the immune system.
Clean the affected skin with lukewarm water then dry it.
Add 2 teaspoons of garlic juice, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in a small cup and mix them together.
Massage the skin gently with this mixture for 10 minutes then wash it with warm water.
Repeat this remedy twice daily for 2- 3 weeks.
Other recommending is mix 2 teaspoons of garlic juice with 2 teaspoons of almond oil and rub the skin with it.
4. Olive essential
The amazing benefits of olive oil are well known in taking care of women’s beauty. But it also the great natural remedy for sprained ankle cause of its phenolic compound which can reduce inflammation and enhance recover.
Mix 3 teaspoons of olive oil with an egg yolk together.
Apply the mixture over the affected area, gently massage.
Then cover it using a bandage.
Remove it after 2 days and do this remedy for a few times.
You also can massage the skin with olive oil to relax the muscle and tissue, do it for 15- 20 minutes, 2 times every day in a few weeks to get the better results.
5. Arnica essential
Another traditional medicine to treat this problem is arnica which has great effects on decreasing swelling, pain and inflammation, helping to get rid of bursitis and also increasing blood circulation.
Clean the affected area with warm water, then dry it.
Rub the skin gently with arnica oil for 15- 20 minutes.
After that, cover it with a bandage for about 5- 6 hours and then remove.
Do this tip 2-3 times daily in a few weeks.
Remember to check for allergy before applying this remedy and you should not apply it on the chapped skin.