Epsom Salt Soak For Sprained Ankle

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    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?

    • ANSWER:
      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.

  2. QUESTION:
    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?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you're doing what needs done, but I wouldn't worry about emergency room unless it doesn't start getting better, either way I'd probably still wait for a doctor worst case scenario.

  3. QUESTION:
    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.

    • ANSWER:
      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.

  4. QUESTION:
    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?

    • ANSWER:
      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.

  5. QUESTION:
    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!

    • ANSWER:
      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!!

  6. QUESTION:
    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?

    • ANSWER:
      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...
      rock_sturgess@yahoo.com

epsom salt soak for sprained ankle

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