Within the orthopaedic field of study, a few medical professionals are endorsing the P.O.L.I.C.E. acronym to best deal with ankle sprains or injured ankles.  You may have of heard of the R.I.C.E acronym but this one is slightly different. So, without further wait here is the P.O.L.I.C.E. acronym below. Enjoy!


For the first few days after a patient injures their ankle, it’s recommended that they rest in order to help protect them from further injury.

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Whilst protecting your injured ankle, light mobility is recommended.  Strengthening exercises are a great way of building up connecting leg muscles and this can help a patient get used to being mobile again. These types of exercise are great at ensuring the connecting muscles and tendons strengthen and that the patient doesn’t suffer from future tendon tightness or muscle tears.


Applying ice to a sprained ankle or broken ankle area can help reduce any inflammation. Ice can also reduce any discomfort that a patient may be feeling.


Try and cover the ice in a compression cloth before applying it straight on to your injured ankle. Applying ice directly to skin can often lead to ice burns.


Elevate your injured foot and ankle to stop further swelling. If you have a soft pillow then place this under the injured foot or ankle and make sure you get some rest.

So there you have it. The P.O.L.I.C.E acronym is a logical technique to follow after experiencing an ankle injury. However, we would always recommend that you speak to a qualified orthopaedic medical professional as soon as possible after injuring your ankle. At Federico Usuelli’s foot and ankle clinic, we pride ourselves on diagnosing and treating many UK patients who have either sprained, broken or bruised their feet and ankles. Alongside my team of leading orthopaedic specialists, we have successfully treated many UK patients at our world renowned Italian clinic. Contact our foot and ankle clinic today for an unrivalled diagnosis!