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You Will Need
- A towel, blanket, or pillow
- Tape, rope, or straps
- A sterile bandage, gauze, or soft clean cloth
Lay them on their back
Help the injured person lie down on their back. Then, cut away clothing from the injured spot. Don't move them great distances until you've totally immobilized the ankle.
Cushion the ankle
Gently lift the affected leg and place a folded towel, blanket, or pillow beneath the injured ankle and foot to cushion them. The cushioning should extend past the ankle by at least the length of the foot.
Tie the cushion
Starting at mid-shin, pull the cushion up around the lower leg and use tape, rope, or straps to loosely secure the cushion in two places over the shin. You should splint the ankle in as natural a position as possible.
Tie cushioning mid-foot
Bend the other end of the cushion so that it is against the sole of the foot, leaving the toes exposed. Tie it once around mid-foot.
Check that cushioning isn't too tight
Check that the cushion isn't tied too tightly by squeezing a toe and timing how long it takes for its color to return. If it takes longer than three seconds, remove the ties and redo them more loosely.
Elevate the ankle
Elevate the ankle above the victim's heart level and continue to monitor their circulation and comfort until they receive medical attention.