What is Sprain?


Sprain, sprain, sprain.

Sprain – The most hated and unexpected thing that could happen to us from just walking or really any physical activities. This is because it can really have a huge impact on our everyday lives.
We can become immobile for days and it’s difficult for us to move from point A to B.

But do not worry! We got you covered!

Sprain is a type of injury that involves overstretching or tearing of the ligaments. There are few factors of which this can happen from weak ankles, improper footwear or just a simple misstep.

But what should we do if we have sprained ankles?
The best treatment for sprained ankles is R.I.C.E.R which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and Refer on to seek medical advice. 


If possible we should not put too much movement on the sprained ankle. Rest as much as you can and maintain minimal movement on the affected area.


Grab yourself with an ice pack or vegetable bags and place it on the affected area to prevent the area from swelling, bruising or temporarily ease the pain and promote healing. Do this for about 15-20 minutes.


This method prevents more swelling on the ankle and the best way to do it is to compress your sprained ankle is to grab an elastic bandage and make sure to do the proper wrapping to maintain blood flow and does not constrict blood from flowing.


Once you have wrapped your sprained ankle, it’s time to elevate that foot! You can do this by either laying in bed and stacking a couple of pillows and just place your wrapped ankle and make sure it’s above your heart. Or any method you would feel comfortable doing it as long as it’s elevated and above your heart. Do this for about 2-3 hours a day.


Now that you have applied your basic first aid skills, it’s time to seek out medical advice to make sure that you get the best possible care and treatment.

So there you have it, always remember R.I.C.E.R when you have a suspected sprain and BOOK into one of our first aid courses to learn how to create a proper pressure immobilisation bandage.  

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