27 thoughts on “Epsom Salt Soaks For Sprained Ankle

  1. Should I go to the hospital for a sprained foot?
    Or am i doing ok treating it by myself. I sprained it yesterday when I fell on it. I don’t think its broken. Its a little swollen and it only hurts when I try to walk. I can move my foot around and there isn’t much pain. i’m not gonna walk on it though. I iced it yesterday and i put it up at heart level. And this morning i soaked it in warm water and epsom salt which seemed to help a lot. What else should I do to make it heal faster?

    • No it should be fine without going to the hospital. A sprained foot isn’t that big of a deal. If it were broken you wouldn’t be able to walk on it. Though I think you should walk on it. Everytime I sprained my ankle my dad would always tell me you gotta walk on it. It will help if you just walk on it. Don’t baby it too much.

  2. How do I reduce swelling in foot due to sprained ankle?
    I sprained my ankle a week ago and my foot is still swollen. How do I reduce the swelling. I have iced it quite a bit, wrapped it with an ace bandage and wear an air cast. I know it’s not broken because my doctor took x rays. I have been using the ankle a fair amount, although, not as much as I did before the sprain.

    • Place your foot on a pillow while lying on a bed or couch. Keep the ankle above the heart. This allows the blood to flow out of the foot, adjusting the swelling.

      Soak your foot in a tub with Epsom salts. Soak for 20 minutes, then ice it. Continue the rotation of soaking, then using an ice pack. It will take the swelling down within a day or two. You might also try taking ibuprofen every four hours. It is an anti-inflammatory.

  3. How does epsom salts help a sprained ankle?
    Years ago they would say put ice on the first day then hot thereafter in wator and epsom salts soak. Today they lean more toward s ICE all the time.
    Hoe does Epsom Salt help a sprain?
    What takes place?

    • Duke, I’m on shaky science ground here, and Science Boy has returned to college so I can’t confirm what I think I know.

      It’s osmosis, and it reduces swelling. You hold the injured part in a saline solution saltier than your body, and the cells try to equalize the salinity by sending fluid from the cells–reducing swelling.

      I could be totally wrong, but I think that’s how it does it.

  4. How to treat a sprained ankle?
    Hey guys! I have a small problem. I’m a dancer, and I’m pretty sure i have a sprained ankle. However, my dad is currently unemployed and we don’t have medical insurance, so i’m trying REALLY hard not to have to go to the doctor or have physical therapy. I would like to know how to treat it on my own. What are the best ways to help it? I looked it up online and got the basic info, but i was wondering if you had any suggestions from personal experience. What helped you the most? What should i try? Thanks in advance!

    • Based on what you have said here, it sounds like you have sprained that ankle! Bad sprains do not necessarily swell right away, but can still be quite painful due to the damaged ligament or ligaments. You have probably started to see some swelling and discoloration by now. Here is what you need to do…
      1. Wrap it in a 2″ Ace Bandage.
      2. Start keeping ALL weight TOTALLY off of that foot for 14 to 21 days. You can either borrow crutches or get some at any CVS, Walgreens, or Rite-Aid drug stores.
      3. Soak your foot for 30 minutes each night before bed in as warm of water as you can stand with a cup of Epsom Salt dissolved in it. This will help to promote healing of the ligaments. DO NOT SKIP ANY NIGHTS OF SOAKING.

      Your ankle should be 95 to 100% healed by the end of this two to three week period. STOP putting weight on it ASAP… the more you keep hobbling on it… the worse ou are going to make it, and the longer it will take to heal it!!

  5. When should I use ice and when should I use heat on a sprained ankle?
    I sprained my ankle this morning and it’s really swollen but not painful when I walk on it. I iced it this morning. When should I use ice and when should I use heat to help heal it? What else can I do?

    • Ice or cold treatments reduce swelling in the surrounding tissues. Heat is used to relax / reduce muscle spasms. Ice should be applied directly to the area of interest immediately, or until swelling or some pain has resided. Apply ice and heat treatments at least two times a day. An Epsom Salt foot soak may be used to help relieve some pain. Magnesium sulfate helps to remove toxins from the injured area of the body. Some minerals; like magnesium, can be introduced more easily through the skin as comapred to digestion. Soak your foot in this solution for 15 minutes with warm water after icing it and see how it feels. If you have any diseases; diabetes, kidney problems, consult your doctor first.

  6. Is it necessary to go to the emergency room with a sprained ankle?
    i sprained my ankle and it’s only swollen but not bruised. it only hurts when i turn it into a specific direction and it’s a little painful to walk. i’ve been soaking it in epsom salt, icing it, and elevating it. can i wait it out until it goes away by itself or do i need to go to the emergency room?

  7. What’s the best way to heal swollen ankle?
    I sprained my ankle very bad about 5 days ago and its stil very sore and swollen. I put ice pack on it but its still painful. What else should I do?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Arch,
      It takes a long time for a badly swollen ankle to heal – months sometimes. The ice is recommended for the first 24 hours after the injury. Following that period of time, it is better to use warm compresses. The soaking in Epsom salts is also helpful. Keep it elevated on pillows when you are sitting – as high as you can. Keep an ace bandage wrapped around the ankle for support – start from the ball of the foot and wrap up the leg. It is best if you do not put pressure on it while it is healing. Do you have crutches? I would highly recommend you getting crutches if it is a bad sprain. Take Ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the pain in the recommended dosages.
      Good luck.

      Edit: I am assuming that you had an X-ray done to rule out any fracture?!

  8. How do you know if you sprain your ankle?
    I really hurt my ankle during dodgeball and my body came even with my feet but I had not completely fell on the ground. I have no idea what I did to my ankle but it hurts to walk and put pressure on it.

    • Leah, based on what you said… you have DEFINITELY sprained your ankle. Save yourself the money on a trip to the doc to be told that. You have heard it already a couple of times in here. Now, here is what you need to do to heal it. Wrap your foot in a 2″ Ace Bandage, and then get on crutches for about a week to 10 days. Keep weight TOTALLY off of that foot during that week to 10 days. Also, soak your foot for 30 minutes each night in warm water with a cup of Epsom Salt mixed in it. You will be as good as new in just a little over a week!!

    • Ah, I feel your pain! I sprained my ankle while on vacation in Maine (sprained it the first day we were there!) a few years back and I was finally able to walk on it a week later when we got back home. Needless to say, that was a lousy vacation for me- everyone else had a great time, of course lol Just try to keep off of it as much as possible, if there’s swelling, use an icepack. Take something like tylenol if it hurts and, while you can, take advantage of it; have someone help you out by fixing your lunch or handing you the remote that’s just barely out of reach :-P You are, after all, temprarily crippled by a sprained ankle lol One thing I do strongly suggest, though, is to soak it in some hot (not scalding, but steamy) water with epsom salt in it; trust me, the stuff works wonders. For the time being, just sit back, soak it and try to relax.

  9. What is the best remedy for a sore little swollen ankle?
    I fell on cement yesterday and I hurt my ankle.I can walk on it but my ankle still hurts. Is there anything I can take to relieve the pain? Worse thing is i have a wedding to go to this weekend. Please help. Thanks:)
    Ps it’s walkable I just need the pain to go away. Its not broken or anything. I heard pain killers and ice. Anything else?:D

    • I am a runner and had many ankle sprains. I find that soaking my foot in warm water with EPSOM salt relives the pain and swelling. Hope you feel better before the wedding.

  10. How can I tell if I sprained my ankle?
    Yesterday I rolled my ankle when goin down the stairs. At first it was alittle bruised and no swelling. Now it is verry bruised and really puffy. What should i do?

    • Hey Chyanne, it sounds like you have all of the classic symptoms of a pretty badly sprained ankle. You need to start following the rules of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation) as soon as possible. I will list out the things you need to do…
      1. Wrap your foot in a 2″ Ace bandage. That will help to control the swelling
      2. Start staying TOTALLY off of that foot (crutches). You will probably need to stay off of it for about 5 to 7 days… it just depends on how bad the sprain is. The more you try to walk / hobble around on that foot, the more damage you could be doing to it, and the longer it will take to heal.
      3. Each night for 30 minutes before bed, soak your foot in as warm of water as you can stand, with a cup of Epsom Salt dissolved in it. Do this for the next 5 to 7 nights. The Epsom Salt will help to draw out the swelling, and promote healing of the injured ligament.

      That is it!!! That is what you need to do to treat it. Hope this info helps!!

      If you have additional questions hit me up at…

  11. What did I do to my ankle and what should I do about it?
    Okay so I wuz running down a grass hill and around the end I tried to slow down.
    It didn’t work and my right ankle went to the right and my body fell to the left.
    After that i couldn’t walk well and i put ice on it.
    The next day it still hurt and there was a little bit of swelling i got a brace/wrap thing for it and have been wearing it all the time expect when i sleep.
    Now i can walk but i have to walk a little funny.
    If i move my ankle roll my ankle in a cirle it hurts and feels kinda stiff. It also pops everytime.
    Its the second day.

    Did I roll, sprain, or twist it?

    What should I do about it?

    Should I go to the doctors?

    Can i still do my sports(running(i stopped), swimming, tennis, soccer)? Or should i stop?

    • You have a sprained ankle and most likely torn and bruised the muscles and tendons. If it where broke you wouldn’t be able to walk on it. The rule of thumb for this type of injury is to ice it the first 24 hours after an injury. Only ice it for 15 minutes than remove it for half an hour or so. You also need to stay off it as much as possible and keep it elevated and wrapped. After that day alternate heat and ice, you may want to soak it in as hottest water you can take without burning yourself, add a little Epsom’s salt and soak for 15 minutes. It may take several days to several weeks to completely heal. As long as it is not a major sprang you can do some some sports as long as you keep it wrapped good. But I wouldn’t do it right away and stop rolling it around you are stretching the muscles and tendons all over again. Keep it wrapped until the swelling goes downs.

  12. How do you get rid of leg cramps?
    I went swimming at the pools today and i started to get leg cramp on my calf. I did some stretches before i went in. The problem is i can’t seem to get rid of it. I stretched it out and walked around. But everytime i sat down for a few minutes i can’t seem to get up. Its still very painfull and its been about 4 hrs. I am limping like as if i have sprained my ankle. Please help!

    • Take a hot bath with 2c. of dissolved Epsom salts. Soak for 30 minutes. The Epsom salts will help eliminate the lactic acid that forms on the muscles from over exertion.

      Massage an analgesic cream into the sore muscles. Massage As deep as you can into the muscle, the muscle has to be relaxed.

      Advil soft gel capsules work very quickly on pain. Take them four times daily.

      If this doesn’t help see your medical doctor.

  13. I’ve had inflammation in my ankle for several years now. What can I do to make it go down or away?
    I had a minor sprain years ago. Recently, my ankle has inflammed more and in the morning there’s a liitle pain. What can I do to get rid of the inflammation or just to stop it from swelling so much?

    • Go see a doctor you might have scar tissue caused by the sprain. Scar tissue cause painful inflammation. Inflammation does not show up on a x-ray , however it will show up and a MRI or CT scan.
      For quick relief try soaking your ankle in warm water with some epsom salt and take ibuprofen. Try wearing some kinda of ankle support with compression it will help the fluids in your ankle circulate which can help the swelling subside.

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