(Original post by l.west191)
RICE and then MEAT.
Although technically your RICE period is over and you're into the MEAT period.
ovement- Keep the movement controlled and gentle. Just enough to get some blood flowing to the ligaments and tendons, whilst letting everything else recover slowly.
xercise - Again controlled and gentle exercise until your ankle feels strong again. Focus on range of movement and strengthening exercises.
nalgesic - Typical anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen are no longer doing you any good, in fact they're hindering your recovery. Pick a natural analgesic that will aid with the pain and the swelling but won't hinder the necessary inflammation needed for healing in the joint.
reatment - If it's really bad, find a physiotherapist or a sports therapist who can help you out.
Depending on the severity of the sprain you can expect to be out of training for anything ranging from six to eight weeks, and after that you should start slowly and only do what your ankle can handle (it will tell you when it's had enough).
Any low-impact cardio will do, if you're happy with the fitness dvd's and they are raising your heartbeat and not impacting on your ankle too much, they will be fine until you can get back into running.
Don't expect to be able to start running the same distances straight away though, it will take some time for things to get back to normal.