Use the PRICE Method for Injury Treatment & Pain Relief

In many cases, when you suffer a sports injury like an ankle sprain, you can’t see a doctor right away. Some injuries may respond to home treatment, but only a podiatrist like those at Ankle & Foot Care Centers can determine that for sure. Until you can make an appointment at one of our locations, you should utilize the PRICE method for treating an immediate injury.

PRICE is an acronym that stands for:

  • Protect
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

When your foot, ankle or leg sustains an injury during activity, it’s important to cease the activity immediately in order to protect the affected body party from further injury. After that, you must rest the area.

Next, applying ice to an injury can reduce swelling and irritation as well as pain. During this stage of treatment, you should alternate applying ice and leaving it off so the skin does not become too cold.

Compression can also reduce swelling. An ACE bandage wrapped securely, although not too tightly, around the affected part is ideal for compression.

Lastly, elevating the foot or ankle above the level of the heart can further reduce swelling and speed up healing.

Following the PRICE method of injury treatment is important until you can see a doctor about your injury. If you need to schedule an appointment with one of Ohio’s expert podiatrists, then visit our website at or call the location nearest you.