Bruised Ankle Treatment
Most abdominal contusions can be treated at home with rest, elevation, cold compresses, and nonprescription pain medications. The pain and swelling usually resolves within 2-3 days. However, the bruising may take 1-2 weeks to resolve. Severe contusions that involve the underlying bones or tendons may take longer to heal.
Treatment for an ankle contusion may include:
- Avoid activities that cause pain
- Cold compresses:
- Apply for 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times per day
- Elevate the ankle
- Elastic wrap
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
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