Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries in sports that many athletes experience. For football
players, this may be when a receiver runs with the ball and tries to juke the opposing team but lands on the
wrong side of his foot and it becomes twisted. For the basketball athlete, it may be even more common to
suffer from a sprained ankle. I cannot stress enough how many times high school basketball players wear an
ankle brace because of having a sprained ankle.
Now let's define what are the causes of having a sprained ankle. An ankle sprain occurs when the ankle
joints or ligaments twist more than they should. The ankle joints are a very complex structure, when
someone has sprained their ankle, one of their ligaments has been disrupted. Not having strong ankle joints
can cause an athlete to have an even greater chance of getting sprained ankles. It is best to find exercises that
target the ankles such as: step ups, toe raises, and heel and toe walking. Here is a more general detail of how
to perform these exercises.
1. Step Ups: The step ups are simple exercises and only require you to step up on a step. It is as simple as
that. Step up and down in a controlled manner and repeat for about 200 repetitions.
2. Toe Raises: Doing toe raises is very much similar like doing calf raises. On the edge of a step, stand on
with your heels, raise the ball of your foot and hold it for a short amount of seconds then resume to normal
3. Heel and Toe walking: This is a very simple exercise, simply walk on your toe for around 30 to 60
seconds then switch over to walking with your heels for 30 to 60 seconds as well. Perform each of these
exercises every day and remember to never overdue them. We want you to strengthen your ankles, not to
make them sore.
When someone has a sprained ankle, it will be classified into 1 of 3 categories, they are:
Grade 1: This is the least severe type of an ankle sprain and the one you would want to get if you have a
game in the next few weeks. Their is small stretching of some of the ligaments, and you may experience
small pains and stiffness.
Grade 2: When someone has a grade 2 ankle sprain, they have swelling and a little loss of stability due to
some stretching and tearing of the ligaments.
Grade 3: A grade 3 sprained ankle is the most severe and it is due to a complete tear to one of the ligaments
in the ankles.
When someone has experienced any form of a sprained ankle, it is best to buy an ankle brace that is fit
properly and follow the R.I.C.E. method. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
Rest: When someone has a sprained ankle, it is best to stop all activities and let your legs rest. This will let
your ligaments at ease. Resting will give your body and ligaments time to heal and recover.
Ice: Get ice and wrap it around with a towel or use an ice pack. Cold limits swelling and helps ease the pain.
Compression: Compression helps reduce swelling, and when you have swelling, you will take longer to
Elevation: Elevation will help control swelling, wherever a part is sprained, it is best to have it elevated
above the heart, so if it is in the ankles then have your ankle elevated higher then your heart, elevate your
ankle on a large pillow.
Following the RICE method is a great way to increase recovery time of a sprained ankle.
<b>The Risk of a Sprained Ankle without Rehab</b>
According to a new study, proper ankle rehabilitation is absolutely critical to ensuring you do not have
another injury on the same ankle. In fact, your risk of another injury is 70% greater if you do not strengthen
the area that was injured. In the same study, they found that NCAA basketball players that did NOT follow
an ankle rehab program after a sprained ankle, were 5 times more likely to get another sprain!
Most people just use rest and ice and leave it at that for a few weeks or months until they feel better. But,
rest and ice are woefully inadequate in terms of building strength and improving range of motion in the
ankle joint. How can rest and ice strengthen your ankle? How can it improve range of motion? And those
two things are absolutely essential to getting your ankle back to 100% full health.
Think about it... you have a sprained ankle. It is bruised, swollen, stiff and sore. If you just leave it alone, all
those things will get better. Ice will help with the swelling for a little while. Rest will help the joint
eventually heal. But, best case scenario, you have a healed ankle joint that is very weak and stiff. Now, if
you play sports, once you get back out there, it will take a much smaller force to re-sprain that ankle. And
every time you sprain it again, it only gets weaker and weaker.
<strong>Sprained Ankle Rehab - What is it?</strong>
The only answer is to strengthen the ankle and improve range of motion, so your ankle can withstand the
forces that might injure it in sports and life. When we talk about ankle rehab, we mean more than just a few
stretches and exercises... We are talking about techniques that also remove scar tissue and repair the
neuromuscular damage from the injury. That includes the central nervous system's ability to communicate
with the ankle and make it move without any issues.
So, yes there are a wide variety of stretches and ankle exercises that are great. But, also you need to really
get into that area and help healthy blood flow heal the joint. When a good rehab program is implemented,
either at home or with a specialist, great results usually follow. people experience faster recovery times and
a much high quality of healing. And, of course, their risk of another injury diminishes greatly.
<strong>How Soon after a Sprained Ankle should I begin Rehab?</strong>
Now, this is where I differ with most people. Most people say you should only begin rehab once you are
healed. In my experience with thousands of people, I have found this to be totally inaccurate. The longer you
wait to begin your rehab program, the more damage you will find in the ankle joint once you do finally
In my opinion, you should begin your rehab program right away. Be gentle and make sure you don't do
anything that causes pain. But, you need to be moving your ankle and working it immediately afterward.
Now, this doesn't mean you are not also resting it. You are actually resting it the majority of the time, but
you are still actively working the ankle to start up the strength building process. You will be surprised at
how well and quickly the ankle will respond.
The only thing I caution is that you should always get an x-ray before beginning a rehab program to make
sure you don't have a fracture. If you don't have a fracture, I recommend getting started on a good ankle
rehab program either with a good at home program or through a physical therapist. But, either way, don't sit
around and just wait for your ankle to magically get better on its own. It won't...
I've always been told that a sprain hurts more than a break, and in some instances I have found it to be true.
The damage from a severe sprain can also be worse overall for the joint. That's because of nature of the
A sprain is caused when there is damage to the ligaments in the joint. This damage can simply be a few
tears or it can mean a complete rupture. When the sprain is severe, it is best treated by your doctor, as it
may require surgery. However, for minor sprains, the following tips could help you heal faster.
1) <strong>RICE</strong>: This acronym stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. It's important to
avoid using your ankle until the injury is healed. If you have to move around a lot, crutches may be your
best helper here. Ice should be applied at regular intervals for at least the first 48 hours. After that, ask your
doctor about using alternating heat and ice.
Compression is usually in the form of an Ace bandage, wrapped around the joint to help prevent movement
and to reduce swelling. Keeping it propped up will also help in the reduction of inflammation.
2) <strong>NSAIDs</strong>: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or
naproxen help to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. If you have other medical conditions or if you take
medications, ask your doctor which one to use.
3)<strong> Counter Irritants</strong>: Products containing capsaicin can help in the pain department,
though at first it may feel like the area is on fire. What happens is that the brain is now getting two pain
signals from the same area, and it turns both off. Other products may also be available to do this.
4) <strong>Herbal Remedies</strong>: I have used several herbs on sprains, and have found them helpful.
Comfrey, gotu kola and/or willow bark have been used for centuries. Gotu kola and willow can be taken
internally and used externally, but comfrey should never be ingested.
In fact, comfrey has become somewhat controversial due to some alkaloids that may cause serious liver and
kidney problems. The debate now is whether or not that is true of using it topically. If this plant is available
to you, check with your doctor and a qualified herbal practitioner before using it.
Willow can present another problem. If you are allergic to aspirin or if you have gout, you may want to skip
it. That's because the main constituent of willow is the same chemical found in aspirin, and could cause a
As mentioned before, consulting your doctor over this type of injury is a very good idea. That way you will
know how severe the injury is and can then find the best means to treat it. If you choose to use any
supplements, mention them to your doctor as well. That will prevent side effects and drug/herb interactions.
<strong>If you just had an ankle sprain, what should you do first?</strong>
First and foremost, depending on the severity of the sprain, you should consider getting x-rays to make sure
that nothing is broken. If there is something broken, obviously, you need more serious medical attention and
you should not follow the advice below until you are well on the road to recovery.
<b>How long does it take to heal a sprained ankle?</b>
It depends on how severe your sprain is and what system you use to rehabilitate your ankle. It can take
anywhere from 1 week all the way up to many months. It depends on how severe you ankle injury is and
how you choose to heal it. There are two main treatment options covered in this article. They are 2 very
different, but popular ways to heal a sprained ankle. Depending on what you choose to do, your healing time
will vary greatly.
<b>How long should you rest and ice your ankle?</b>
This is a great treatment option for the first two days. There is no question that rest and ice are very helpful
in the first 48 hours. But, unfortunately, most people rely on this treatment well after the first 2 days. And
that is where rest and ice alone become largely ineffective.
In fact, experts now believe that after that initial 48 hour period, rest and ice are actually one of the slowest
and least effective ways to heal and prevent ankle sprains. Why? If you continue to rest your ankle and not
do any other kind of rehab, your ankle will be very weak and stiff. Without more active rehab, rest cannot
work to strengthen the ankle and increase healthy range of motion. And what about scar tissue,
neuromuscular damage and other problems created by the ankle sprain? Rest cannot and does not address
any of these things.
Ice is also an important component of healing a sprained ankle right after an injury. Ice is very helpful at
containing and reducing swelling. But, recent research has shown that ice only reduces swelling for the first
2 days after a sprained ankle. We see people icing their ankles for weeks or even months after a sprained
ankle and it does nothing to reduce swelling at this point. So, by continuing to ice your ankle after that initial
period, you are basically wasting valuable time that could be much better spent on more effective rehab and
In short, since the main problems created by the injury are never properly addressed with rest and ice after
the first 2 days. And since the ankle will never heal properly, the overall healing process can take a very
long time. For example, the average healing time with rest and ice is 1-2 months, but can actually take much
longer than that. Some people take more than a year to feel pain free again. And even then, your ankle will
still be weak and your range of motion will be diminished.
<b>What is ankle rehab?</b>
Rehab is the process of fully healing a sprained ankle. After the initial period of rest and ice, and assuming
you don't have a break or fracture in your ankle, you need to begin doing active rehab almost immediately.
Active rehab will increase strength in your ankle and quickly reduce swelling, bruising and stiffness. It
addresses all the different kinds of damage from the injury and goes about healing it in a natural, safe and
You will find a wide variety of active stretches, exercises and other specific rehab techniques that have been
proven to speed up the healing process dramatically as well as decrease your risk of future injury. Active
rehab for a sprained ankle is by far the best way to ensure you heal properly and safely. Typically, people
who follow a good ankle rehab treatment are walking pain free in about a week. Compared to rest and ice
alone, that is a very dramatic improvement.
Not only that, experts now believe that not only do people who follow a good active rehab program heal
much faster, they also heal much better. By correcting range of motion and muscle imbalances in the ankle
joint, you will get two more significant benefits:
<ol><li><strong>You will be at much lower risk for future ankle injury-</strong> When people sprain an
ankle, the joint naturally has decreased flexibility and strength. This means that after the injury, when you
return to your normal activities, you are at greater risk of re-injuring it. If you rehab your ankle properly, it
will actually be stronger and more flexible than before you injured it, significantly decreasing your risk of
<li><strong>Improves speed, agility and lateral quickness</strong>- Weak ankles cannot move very well.
Added to that, people put on tape and braces to further inhibit their ability to move laterally or with speed. A
good rehab treatment like H.E.M. changes all that. It unshackles your ankles and gets you back to your true
potential. By improving strength and range of motion in the ankles, you will be able to move with
significantly more power and speed.</li></ol>
<b>Which ankle rehab treatment do you recommend?</b>
We recommend H.E.M. as our #1sprained ankle rehab treatment, because it is very simple to do, but also
very powerful. H.E.M. works by healing all the damage from a sprained ankle (ligament weakness, scar
tissue, neuromuscular damage, diminished range of motion, etc). One of the things we like most about
H.E.M. is that it requires no equipment, takes a few minutes a day, and is extremely simple to understand
and follow for anyone at any age or level of fitness. People tend to start feeling the healing benefits of
H.E.M. almost immediately, because it addresses the main issues from the injury and the body responds
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One of the main parts of R.I.C.E. is compression. Remember, R.I.C.E. stands for Rest, Ice, Compression,
and Elevation. So, in addition to rest, ice and elevating your ankle, it also suggests you compress your ankle
and this is usually done with a wrap or brace. Although this seems like a harmless technique to help heal a
sprained ankle, rehab experts now agree that this is not the best way to heal an ankle sprain. And, in fact, it
can slow down the healing process and hurt your ankle recovery.
<strong>Why you should NOT Wrap or Brace a Sprained Ankle</strong>
When you wrap or brace an ankle sprain, you are doing it with one purpose in mind- to reduce swelling and
restrict movement. The reason to restrict movement is so that you do not cause any further injury. That may
sound like a good thing, so you do not cause further injury which may seem reasonable on the surface, but
consider the following:
<ol><li>A brace or wrap is not very effective at reducing swelling. There are much more effective
treatments for reducing swelling. And this does not include ice. (ice is only effective at reducing swelling for
48 hours after the sprain.</li>
<li>A brace or wrap will weaken the ligaments and reduce range of motion which slows down the healing
process AND causes a much higher risk of future injury.</li></ol>
When you sprain an ankle, there is extensive damage to the ligaments in and around the ankle joint. In order
to heal the injury, it is vitally important that you break up scar tissue, reduce swelling, and increase strength
in the ligaments. A wrap or brace is a crutch that your ankle will rely on during the healing process. In
effect, it will force the ligaments in your ankle to stay weak instead of fully recover. The wrap will not allow
your ankle to move naturally as it recovers which will also inhibit a natural and healthy range of motion. In
short, your ankle will heal unnaturally and badly. This will put you at an increased risk of injury in the
future. And since most people continue to wear a wrap or tape up their ankles after the sprain, they continue
to keep their ankles weak and inflexible. This is a recipe for disaster over time.
Instead of using a wrap or brace for a sprained ankle, rehab experts agree that you should incorporate a
much more proactive rehab regimen. This does not mean going for a jog on your sprained ankle. But, it does
mean, using active rehab techniques that you can do at home which will heal the injury in a natural and
complete way. Instead of laying in bed, icing your ankle for weeks with a brace or wrap on it, you need to
do specific exercises, stretches and other effective rehab techniques that will have far more benefit than a
brace or wrap.
In effect, you will be strengthening your ankle instead of weakening it further from a brace or wrap. You
will be helping the body speed up the healing process dramatically, since the ligaments will heal more
naturally. Left to heal by themselves under a wrap or brace, the ligaments will heal very poorly. Rehab
experts know understand that the body responds best to a more active approach. Again, it does not mean
over-doing it. You want to continue to rest most of the time, but push yourself gently as you stretch and
exercise the ankle.
So, what is the difference in healing time? With the typical R.I.C.E. treatment, including a wrap or brace,
you can expect a recovery time of 4-8 weeks. And even once you are better, your ankle will be weak and
stiff. You may feel the need to continue wearing a wrap or brace like a crutch. Of course, that will continue
to keep your ankle stiff and weak and put you at a higher risk of another ankle sprain.
However, with a good active rehab program, you can expect to be walking normally and pain free in about a
week. In addition, your ankle will not need the use of any kind of wrap or brace, since it will be strong and
have regained its natural range of motion. Obviously, this puts you at a much lower risk of future injury and
is a significantly safer and better way for you to play sports, walk run, etc.
If you are looking for an excellent at home rehab treatment for a sprained ankle, I highly recommend the
H.E.M. Ankle Rehab Treatment. I believe it is one of the best options out there for people of all ages, fitness
levels, etc. It has been shown to be extremely effective at speeding yp the healing time and reducing the risk
of injury. And obviously, it does not require the use of any kind of equipment like a brace or a wrap. It is a
much more natural and healthy option for healing a sprained ankle. I encourage you to learn more about it.
So you've sprained your ankle and you've almost given up on your plans for the next 4-6 weeks. (Since that's
how long everyone says it take to heal a sprained ankle.)
<strong>I've got some good news for you.</strong>
Advancements in physical rehabilitation have reduced the time it takes to rehab an ankle from weeks to just
a few days. But you've got to know the steps to take and which order to do them. If you don't follow all of
the steps in order, statistics show that you will experience a more serious sprain within 12 months of your
initial injury. First a little background.
When you injured your ankle you damaged ligaments, tendons, strained supporting muscles, position
sensors in your foot called proprioceptors and you may have fractured one of the 7 bones in the ankle joint.
As soon as you injured your ankle, your body's response was to restrict movement of the injured area to
prevent additional damage.
It does this by releasing lymph into the area which causes swelling. The swelling restricts movement of your
foot and ankle. So your body is doing exactly what its supposed to.
The problem is that in order to accelerate the healing process you have to get rid of the swelling.
If you follow what 99% of all Emergency Rooms tell you, you'll be using the R.I.C.E. protocol.
R.I.C.E. Stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
<strong><em>RICE is NOT a way to heal your sprained ankle fast</em></strong>. It is a first aid response
to a sprained ankle (or almost any injury for that matter).
So what do you do? You incorporate movement with ICE. The movement of your foot and ankle will help to
"pump" the swelling out of your ankle and your foot.
Fill a 5 gallon bucket full of ice, fill it with water and then stick your foot in it until it becomes numb. It will
probably hurt like crazy until it gets numb.
After about 12-15 minutes take your foot out of the ice water bath and move it around until the feeling
Repeat until the swelling goes down.
Once the swelling is gone you can start to rehab your ankle.
<strong>WARNING!</strong> If you successfully reduce or completely remove the swelling from around
your ankle, you are in an extremely vulnerable situation. Your ankle is injured, it is not immobilized and has
not been rehabilitated.
To prevent injury while you are healing you need artificial support such as a lace up ankle brace and athletic
tape. ACE bandages are a waste of time for the type of support you need in this situation.
After you have the swelling down, then you need to start restoring range of motion, strength and flexibility.
There are several exercises that can be done, but any exercise that you do needs to be weight-bearing and
strengthen your ankle in the way that you move normally during your activities.
To state it differently, any exercise that you are using to rehab a sprained ankle should mimic the movement
that you would experience walking across uneven ground (your ankle moves in every different direction
including up and down).
For starters you can do calf raises. They will help to strengthen your calves and stretch out your Achilles.
But calf raises only address one side of the muscles, ligaments and tendons that support your ankle.
You have to address the front of your leg and both sides.
When I was in college and sprained my ankle, the physical therapist told me to put both of my feet inside the
legs of a chair and then push them outward to strengthen the outside of my legs.
This felt weird and didn't mimic how I would move on the basketball court, but I did it any way.
For the inside of my legs they told me to put my feet on the outside of the legs of a chair and push against
the legs toward the inside as if I were trying to crush the chair between my legs.
Again, it felt weird, but I did it anyway.
None of the exercises the physical therapist told me to do addressed the front of my leg, my shins. So I
would just stick my foot under something heavy and then try to raise my toes up.
This seemed to work pretty good.
The one thing that I realized later was that none of these exercises addressed re-calibrating the position
sensors in my foot. These position sensors were damaged during the initial injury and if they weren't re-
connected with my brain, my brain would not know the exact position my foot was in and I could injure my
Unfortunately I suffered from one ankle sprain after another because I was not re-calibrating the position
sensors in my foot.
In the last year of my college basketball career I discovered an exercise that anyone can do which took the
place of all of the exercises the physical therapist had given me AND it re-calibrated the position sensors in
I discovered how to heal a sprained ankle fast at the end of my career.
<b>"I've Sprained my Ankle..."</b>
<b>What have I done?...</b>
Ligament injuries of the ankle are common, and comprise around 20% of all sports injuries. The lateral
ligaments found on the outside of the ankle are a lot weaker than the inside ligaments, and are much more
easily damaged when you roll or twist your ankle. Following an ankle sprain, it is not uncommon for people
to feel 'unstable', with around 30% of people who sprain an ankle suffering from subsequent chronic,
recurrent sprains. This most commonly occurs with severe sprains or when a less severe sprain is left to heal
by itself, often leaving it weakened through insufficient healing, reduced muscle control and poor balance.
<b>So what does my Diagnosis actually mean?</b>
How badly you sprain an ankle and what needs to be done depends upon how much of the lateral ligament
has been torn. Mild or Grade 1 sprain: up to 25% of the ligament is torn. Moderate or Grade 2 sprain: 25-
50% of ligament torn. Severe or Grade 3 sprain: Over 50% disruption to ligament fibres. When severe, your
doctor or physiotherapist will often order an x-ray for your ankle to make sure there are no associated
fractures to the bones.
<b>What Do I Need to Do?</b>
<em>STAGE 1: ACUTE MANAGEMENT (1- 3 DAYS)</em> Damage Control. Rest: Take a little weight
through the foot, using crutches to help not only in reducing the pressure and pain, but encouraging early
movement. Ice: Early; Often over first 24 hours; 15-20 minutes every 2-4 hours. Compression: Bandage,
Brace or taping to control swelling for 48 hours Elevation: Attempt to rest with the ankle elevated to reduce
swelling. Seek treatment.
<em>STAGE 2: SUB-ACUTE MANAGEMENT (3-10 DAYS)</em> Where range of motion begins to
return, strength training begins, Activities of Daily Living (ADL's) become easier. This stage will usually
see the Physiotherapist use their manual therapy skills, as well as therapy modalities, such as Ultrasound. An
exercise program will be introduced, and increased function will be encouraged.
<em>STAGE 3: RETURN TO FUNCTION (10 DAYS - 21 DAYS)</em> Range of motion is restored,
strength returns to normal, all ADL's are performed without discomfort. The patient now becomes more of a
driver of the treatment, as there is less manual therapy ( if any sometimes ) and a real emphasis on exercise
rehabilitation, to ensure optimal return to function. This stage of the treatment is crucial so as to reduce the
chance of future lateral ankle sprain.
<em>STAGE 4: RETURN TO SPORT (3-6 WEEKS)</em> Higher level activities looking at mimicking
sport actions, and ensuring the ankle is able to withstand the high intensity stress put upon it when playing
sport. The patient will be put through higher level strength and endurance programs, and be tested with
activities that will determine their readiness to return to sport.
<b>A Final Word...</b>
All patients, as individuals will progress at varying speeds, having different expectations and goals. As a
result rehabilitation will be different for every individual. Your Physiotherapist is looking for you to reach
specific goals at each stage before moving on. This combined effort achieves the best outcome for your
injury. Of course should you have any queries about the rehabilitation program simply discuss them with
your treating Physiotherapist.
Though breaking your ankle and spraining you ankle is a completely different type of injury, it can be
difficult to understand sprained ankle symptoms just by "feel". A bad sprain can be much more painful than
a light break and vice versa. Unfortunately, for those of us who like to admit defeat and consult a
professional, the best way to tell is to go to the doctor and get an x-ray. Guessing (even educated guesses)
can result in larger problems down the road if your guess-work results in an incorrect diagnosis. However,
there are a few telltale signs that can help you figure out if your ankle is broken or twisted - unfortunately
none of these sprained ankle symptoms are one hundred percent reliable.
When you injured the ankle, what kind of noise did you hear? A popping or ripping sound is indicative of a
sprain. A sprain is the stretching or tearing of ligaments in your ankle. That sound you heard is the sound of
your ligaments doing things they shouldn't. One of my worse injuries sounded like Christopher Walken
doing a Spanish accent. It turned out to be a sprain. A cracking noise indicates a break. Even small fractures
can be difficult to heal. However, depending on the degree of the fracture and the environment in which you
were injured, you may or may not hear a noise.
Next on your list of sprained ankle symptoms is a test of 'reactionary' vs. 'constant' pain. At the moment of
injury immediately get off your feet. Any place will do; a bench, a curb, the ground. Taking pressure off the
injury will help you determine the type of pain you are experiencing. Reactionary pain is experienced when
you move the injured area. For example, placing your foot on the ground, moving your ankle in different
directions, or touching the area are all simple tests. If you are only experiencing discomfort from the initial
injury, and pain comes only when moving or touching the injured site, this is probably indicative of a sprain.
However, complete tearing of a ligament could result in NO PAIN or EXTREME PAIN, making these
sprained ankle symptoms all so confusing. If you are experiencing constant pain, regardless of how much
you move or don't move the area, this is probably a break.
Here is another test of 'reactionary' vs. 'constant' pain. Sit on the floor facing a firm wall with both feet in
front of you and put you injured foot flat against the wall. Push softly against the wall with your injured
foot. If you are able to do this, no large bones are fractured or broken. If when you do this you experience a
good amount of pain in places other than your ankle, you probably have broken something.
Sprained ankle symptoms my also include a feeling of ankle instability. I know, at this time who wants to
put pressure on the injury right? However, a serious ankle sprain resulting from completely tearing a
ligament will give you an 'unstable' feeling when walking on your ankle. A break will probably make it
impossible to walk or you will experience pain in other parts of your body in addition to your ankle.
Another test of sprained ankle symptoms is the "wait and see" test. Initial injury is a very difficult time to
diagnose yourself because really, a little pain and a lot of pain is difficult to differentiate, and who really
knows what Christopher Walken doing a Spanish accent sounds like. So get home quickly (if you're able to
walk yourself home it's probably a sprain) and begin the RICE system. If the pain keeps you up at night - it's
probably a break. If after 24 to 48 hours you're feeling better, it's probably a sprain. If after 48 hour of RICE
you are feeling better, you should start rehabilitation exercises for your ankle to speed up recovery time.