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RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation)

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source: health.nytimes.com

The acronym RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation -- the four basic elements of immediate treatment for sprained ankle or injured foot.



  • Rest. Patients should get off injured foot as soon as possible.
  • Ice. This is particularly important to reduce swelling and promote recovery during the first 48 hours. Wrap a bag or towel containing ice around the injured area on a repetitive cycle of 20 minutes on, 40 minutes off.
  • Compression. Lightly wrap an Ace bandage around the area.
  • Elevation. Elevate the foot on several pillows.

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