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While enjoying a perfectly wonderful child-like moment of rolling down a grassy hill with your niece, you stood up too quickly and proceeded to take tumble, twisting your ankle - ouch! You remembered PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate) and have been taking Arnica. They helped, but two days later it’s still swollen and painful. Now what?
Consider these follow up remedies for ankle sprains:
- Bryonia: Sprains with severe pain. The pains are stitching and are worse for cold and the slightest movement. The sprained joint is better from rest (for keeping the joint perfectly still) and from pressure (tight bandaging).
- Ledum palustre: Sprains with bruising. The joint feels cold and looks bruised (blue-black). Although the joint is cold, it feels better for ice cold compresses—the colder the better.
- Rhus toxicodendron: Sprains with stiffness and restlessness. The pains are aching and the joint is worse when first moving it after a rest—and then better for a while with continued movement. It's hard to get comfortable in any position so a painful restlessness ensues. A sprained wrist cannot grip anything properly or strongly. Hot compresses and baths provide relief.
- Ruta graveolens: Constant pain and lameness. The pains are more bruised than aching. Worse from pressure, standing, or walking, and there's no relief from continued movement (as there is with Rhus tox). The pains are better with heat and wrapping the joint.
- Strontium carbonicum: Repeated, chronic sprains. For weak, swollen ankles.