If you are experiencing significant pain or swelling of the ankle and you have not seen your doctor
yet, I recommend that you do so. Sometimes, what is thought to be a sprain is actually a small break in a bone n the ankle, and it is important to evaluate for that with a physical examination and, sometimes, x-rays as well. Also, it is important to evaluate for any signs of ligament tear or severe injure, which might be indications to see an orthopedic doctor.
Assuming this is just a simple sprain, then the mainstay of treatment is anti inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, ice, and rest. In particular, it is very important to not go back to any sports activity until the ankle is totally healed, as injuring an ankle that is already sprained and not completely healed can predispose to chronic ankle pain and instability.
Based on what your doctor finds, they may also recommend an ankle brace to help stabilize the ankle and relieve discomfort. They may also recommend crutches
to help you recover more quickly. If they find any evidence of a serious injury
, they will make a referral to an orthopedic doctor or a sports medicine clinic for more follow up.