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Health Tip: If You Have an Ankle Sprain

Call your doctor, and avoid walking on the injury

(HealthDay News) -- Many people may think an injury to the foot or ankle is simple and will heal properly without medical attention. But to prevent further injury or complications, you should make an appointment with your doctor to be examined.

Until you can get to your doctor though, there are a few things you can do to keep comfortable and minimize damage.

The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends that you apply ice to an injured foot or ankle for 20 minutes, then remove for 40 minutes, and repeat. Try to stay off the injury as much as possible, keeping your foot elevated. Wrap the ankle in an Ace bandage for support, but be careful not to bandage too tightly.

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