Home remedies for ankle pain due to injury include protecting the ankle, resting it, applying ice, using compression and elevating the ankle. For ankle pain due to arthritis, over-the-counter pain relievers and lifestyle adjustments help mitigate the pain, according to Healthline.
Using a brace, splint or tape can protect an injured ankle from re-injury. It is also helpful to avoid putting weight on the ankle and use it as little as possible, says Healthline. Using crutches or a cane may help take weight off the foot of the afflicted ankle. During the first three days after an injury, applying ice to the ankle for 20 minutes, three to five times a day reduces swelling and numbs pain. It is best to wait at least 90 minutes in between ice application.
Nonprescription drugs, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, also help reduce swelling and pain. After pain has decreased, gentle massage of the ankle and exercise are helpful, says Healthline.
Methods for dealing with ankle pain caused by arthritis include using topical pain relievers, getting moderate exercise, eating healthy and stretching, notes Healthline. Maintaining a healthy weight puts less stress on the ankle and other joints.
If the ankle is not able to bear any weight, looks abnormal or makes a popping sound when moved, or the pain causes complete immobility, medical attention is necessary, warns Healthline. Symptoms of an ankle infection, such as the ankle being red or warm and tender to the touch or the presence of a fever, also require prompt medical help.