PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) as soon as possible after a suspected muscle, joint, or ligament injury.
P is for protection.
It is important to protect the injured area from further injury and the stop the activity that provoked the pain.
R is for rest.
It is important to rest the injury to reduce pain and prevent further damage. Crutches may be needed if there is severe pain when putting weight on the injured side.
I is for ice.
Applying ice and compression can ease the pain and reduce swelling. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel immediately following injury for 15 minutes. Repeat this every 4 hours.
C is for compression.
This reduces bleeding and helps reduce swelling. Elastic bandaging is excellent for providing support and compression.
E is for elevation.
Uses gravity to reduce bleeding and swelling by allowing fluids to flow away from the site of injury.
Protect the injured ankle with an ankle support. Tape can also be used during the rehabilitation phase to protect the joint and give proprioceptive feedback to the ankle to decrease further injury.