In an acute injury, such as an ankle sprain, ice is a better modality.  It serves as a vehicle to increase vasoconstriction, which in turn decreased edema, or swelling, to the injury.  In addition, the cool temperature on the skin gives an analgesic, or pain relieving, effect.  If you do have an ankle injury, contact our office and make an appointment to have it checked.  It is important to determine if it is just an ankle sprain, or maybe a more serious injury that needs different treatment options such as a torn tendon or a broken bone.  Our doctors at PPFAC will be able to come up with a treatment plan to help heal your injury.