I've learned something this past few days : Do NOT take anything for granted, especially your health.
Three days ago I was preparing to go to the nearby mosque. It's Ramadhan month, the month where we muslims do the Taraweh prayer at night, preferably at the mosque. But that night, I was feeling a bit sleepy and drowsy so I said to myself "think I'll skip the mosque tonight and pray at home instead, after all, I still got feet so I can still go to the mosque tomorrow, right?"
The next day, I sprained my ankle.
Let alone walking to the mosque, I can't even move my ankle without feeling pain!
Anyway, based on my sometimes-quite-useful medical-school knowledge, the first aid for sprained ankle is : RICE.
Rest - Yup, no walking, no jumping up and down, no standing. It's simple : give your injured foot a break.
Ice - Use a tablecloth or a towel to cover blocks of ice and gently press it on the swollen site. Do this in 20 minutes every hour.
Compression - Wear an elastic bandage (I made my kind-hearted friends help me with this) which will immobilize your ankle joint. It's useful because when you have ankle sprain, just a little movement on the joint would be quite painful, seriously. Oh and make sure the bandage isn't too tight or too loose.
Elevation - Lift your injured foot! You'll want the fluid on the swollen foot to make it's way out of there, and you won't make it happen if you keep your foot lower than your body. And don't stand too long because it hurts, trust me. So lift it up! ( I use two cushions or little pillows to lift my foot when I sleep)
Also, you can use an analgetic cream to relieve the pain. I use Voltaren (Natrium Diclofenac) cream, but other analgetics would work too.
Okay, enough, I'm having an exam next week so I really shouldn't be spending too much time in front of my laptop. Sigh. Wish me luck and have a blessed day, everyone! :)