Because accidents are bound to happen…it’s definitely worthwhile to keep an ice pack around for sprains, strains, and twisted ankles, Khatri says. Icing injured muscles or ligaments for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day, helps reduce pain and swelling. Other ways to help reduce swelling are keeping the injured area wrapped in an elastic bandage and keeping it elevated (especially at night). Swelling should go down in a few days, though even minor sprains and strains can take anywhere from three to six weeks to heal completely.
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