What would you do if someone in your travel group falls and sprains his ankle?
It is common to sprain your ankle when you travel, as you are more likely than not to be walking on uneven surfaces. If this should happen to you or someone in your travel group, the recommended immediate treatment is to place a towel with ice packs over the injured area. This to to minimize swelling and inflammation.
It is not advisable to apply ice directly to the skin, rather wrap the ice in a towel or handkerchief. After 15 or 20 minutes, remove the ice pack and wrap the joint with a bandange. The bandage wrap should be firm but not constricting. The wrap applies a gentle degree of pressure to the sprain and helps to prevent further swelling and bruising.
Over the next 24 hours, apply ice packs or cold packs to the sprain as needed, to continue relieving pain and swelling. Avoid using the foot or leg for walking, as this will worsen and prolong the injury. The injured foot can also be lifted or suspended to helf reduce swelling and inflamation.