When you sprain your ankle, there is an acute phase of 24-72 hours where the body increases blood flow to the ankle for healing. During this phase, it is important to apply ice to the ankle to reduce the swelling.
Ice should be applied for 15-20 minute periods every 2-4 hours in the first 3 days after the injury.
After this phase, it is recommended to apply ice for 2-3 times daily, for 15-20 minute periods. This should continue for 2-3 weeks after injury.
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