Remember “RICE” – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
- Rest the injured part, particularly an ankle or knee.
- Ice the area of injury immediately. A bag of frozen peas wrapped in a thin cloth is an excellent ice pack. Apply for 20 minutes every two hours initially.
- Compression is best effected with a crepe bandage or tubigrip. Remember not to have it on too tight!
- Elevate the injury, particularly legs. The aim of this is to reduce the pain and swelling. If concerned then call the surgery for further advice.