I just recently rolled my ankle... After getting in an argument the last time this happened with some family members that work in medical related fields about the reasons behind swelling, ice, heat, and all of that stuff, I figured I would come here for some more thoughts on the subject. Now, the majority of you will recommend R.I.C.E. I am looking for some more reasons behind these recommendations, as well as some sort of research somewhere that shows that these methods actually speed up or help the healing process. I have not been able to find very much. What I did come across was a very interesting article, I think from a skateboarding website. Obviously this guy is no doctor (might even be an absolute idiot, I don't know), but he makes a relatively convincing argument for those looking for more than the usual doctor prescribed "just lay around and do nothing" that you hear for many injuries of this type. Here is the article (http://flipcatch.wordpress.com/2007/08/06/ankles-tricking-sprained-foot-fix/): I would be very interested to hear comments from you all. After a while, I'll give some of my own ideas that will most likely be shot down by those that actually know what they are talking about.