Hello Natasha, I do understand your son's pain and difficulties. I would prefer to say that you have chosen the right method of primary management like using ice and applying some cream. Here I would give you some more tips. You can use PRICE protocol
to reduce the swelling and bruise
. P- Protection-Stop playing. He has to avoid putting on weight on his ankle and foot. use crutches to take the weight off the ankle or ankle injury
. R- Rest is must. Allow an injury time to heal. Being brave and playing on is not always wise. Ensure rehabilitation
time to allow even a small injury to heal. I- Ice- applying Ice pack or crushed ice is best for him to reduce the pain and inflammation. Apply it once in every 3-4 hourly.Never use excess cold
to avoid cold burn. C- Compression- To reduce swelling you can use ankle crape bandage. wraps or compression sleeves or stockings can also be used. E- Elevation- Elevating the injury site to above the heart reduces the flow of blood to the area and reduces the swelling. This can be used with the help of a pillow. This golden protocol has to be followed for at least 3-4 days. If required can be extended for 2-3 days more. If in case this does not help you much you can visit to a sports injury
specialist / sports Physio/ Physiotherapist for further management. May be Ultra sonic therapy , taping techniques give some result. Thank you for your patience and sincerity in advance. And wish you will give a good news soon that your son is on field ........