Until you are able to be examined by a doctor, the “R.I.C.E.” method should be followed. This involves:
- Rest. It is crucial to stay off the injured foot, since walking can cause further damage. Non-weightbearing with crutches or a walker is ideal. For immobilization, a CAM walker is often ideal. If surgery is necessary, the CAM walker will be used during the post-operative recovery period. Often times a foot and ankle specialist may try to immobilize you in a CAM walker for 6 weeks prior to performing any surgery to see if this injury will heal on its own first.
- Ice. To reduce swelling and pain, apply a bag of ice over a thin towel to the affected area for 20 minutes of each waking hour. Do not put ice directly against the skin.
- Compression. Wrap the ankle in an elastic bandage or wear a compression stocking to prevent further swelling. An ACE bandage is often recommended as initial treatment.
- Elevation. Keep the foot elevated to reduce the swelling. It should be even with or slightly above the hip level.