"What should I do if I sprain my ankle? A sprained ankle should initially be treated with “RICE” therapy. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Anti-inflammatory medication is also beneficial to reduce swelling. It is very important that you see your podiatrist who will perform a thorough examination to determine the extent of your injury and determine if other foot and ankle structures are involved. To properly diagnose the injury, digital x-rays should be performed. If the injury is severe enough ambulation with crutches or a walking boot may be necessary."