A sprain occurs when you stretch or tear a ligament, whereas a strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon.
This video provides tips on caring for sprains and strains. One of the best ways to handle a sprained ankle is to utilize the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Get plenty of rest and stay off of your ankle as much as possible while icing the area—this will reduce swelling. You can also use a compression bandage to provide stability while walking. Elevating your ankle above your heart while sitting or lying down will also help to promote proper blood circulation. Learn when to visit your orthopaedic doctor by watching this full clip.
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