For anyone, a sprained ankle can be very painful and uncomfortable especially when moving. The condition is characterized by outstretched or torn ligaments (those that hold bones in the joints together) and may result from running/walking on an uneven surface, lifting heavy weights, wearing high-heel shoes or accidents. Thankfully, there are several simple sprained ankle remedies that you can use at home to minimize the symptoms and improve your condition. They are not only natural but can be effective and there may not be any need for surgery. Read on.
1. Apply ice
Ice can significantly help reduce swelling and pain on the injured ankle. It works by preventing bleeding from the torn ligament and keeping it from becoming inflamed. For best results, apply ice over the affected area within 48 hours after the injury. Simply wrap some ice cubes in a towel and gently apply to the area for about 15 to 20 minutes. Avoid putting ice directly against your skin as it can cause damage.
2. Use garlic
You can consider garlic for a quick relief of the various symptoms of an ankle sprain. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, garlic may help reduce both pain and inflammation. Its proven healing properties as well as ability to boost the body’s strength & energy can help fasten the recovery process. Add 1 tablespoon of garlic juice to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to make a solution, and then gently rub it on the desired area. Finally, wash off with some warm water after 30 minutes or so.
To prevent further swelling, make sure to compress/ bandage your sprained ankle immediately after the injury. This will help control pain and lower the risk of further injury. For this, you can use a tape or elastic bandage. Securely wrap the area and keep the tape on during the day so that the swelling reduces. Remember to remove it before going to bed. You should be very careful not to apply the tape tightly as it could cause pain, additional swelling or even compromise blood flow to the area. Further, make sure to remove the compression immediately if the injured area begins to feel numb.
4. Use turmeric powder
One of the most common sprained ankle remedies, turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce inflammation in the affected area. It also improves circulation, helps prevent blood clotting and minimizes pain. Put water in a small bowl, add some turmeric powder and mix to get a smooth paste. Next, warm the paste for a few minutes and then apply it to your ankle. Leave it for 1 to 2 hours and wash off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Repeat this for at least a week.