We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How do I Choose the Best Ankle Treatment?

By Harriette Halepis
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Bruises, torn ligaments, and a variety of other factors may cause pain within the ankle area. The type of ankle treatment needed to heal ankle pain depends entirely upon the injury at hand. While sprained ankles may only require elevation and an ankle wrap, a torn ligament may need professional medical attention.

The best way to choose the right kind of ankle treatment is to determine the cause of ankle pain. A bruised ankle will appear black and blue in color, and this type of bruising may extend all the way to the toe area. Ligament injuries may result in pain caused by ankle movement, while a sprained ankle will become swollen immediately following injury. People who are unsure of the cause of ankle pain should consult with a medical doctor. In some cases, a complete x-ray may be necessary in order to determine the cause of an injured ankle.

In most instances, ankle treatment should include elevation, a cold compress, and some type of ankle support, such as a crutch or bandage. However, this type of ankle treatment is very general, and some ankle injuries can become worse if not properly treated. In fact, many ankle injuries appear to be rather mild, though continued use of an injured ankle can lead to future problems. Physiotherapy is often the best type of ankle treatment, since this specialized therapy focuses upon the movement and reparation of the ankle.

Some ankle injuries can be helped by stretching the ankle area properly. Specific ankle stretches can be obtained by contacting a local podiatrist. Frequently, stretching the ankle area will help to revitalize ligaments, and strengthen the damaged area. Still, stretching exercises should not be attempted without the help of a medical professional.

A person who has recently experienced ankle swelling should attempt to rest the ankle for a few hours. This can be achieved by placing the ankle on top of a large stack of pillows, a coffee table, or other object. Pressure should also be applied to the swollen area by using a cold compress.

It is possible for an ankle to break, which can be quite serious. If a person has a broken ankle, surgery may be needed in order to repair the damaged area. While it is hard to tell if an ankle is broken with the naked eye, a broken ankle often has an odd appearance. On occasion, a bone fragment may jut out of the ankle area. When this occurs, professional medical attention should be sought right away. No matter what kind of ankle damage has occurred, following the general treatment listed above will help to ease any discomfort until a medical professional can be contacted.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.