Dr. Horton explains if ice or heat should be used to train a sprained ankle.
Ice should always be used initially after the injury for the first two weeks while there is pain and swelling. Once the pain and swelling have resolved and then you are getting into the rehabilitative part of the injury, then heat can be effective for loosening up the ankle that has become stiff.
About Dr. Horton, M.D.:
Dr. Eric R. Horton, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in lower extremity conditions and ankle and foot reconstruction at Alvarado Orthopedic Medical Group. He has almost ten years of private practice experience in treating a wide range of adult, juvenile, and childhood orthopedic disorders including trauma, sports injuries, arthritis, leg deformities, and other musculoskeletal conditions of the body.