Perhaps the most helpful thing you can do, when in pain, is to move. If it is acute and you have just injured yourself, then that is different and you may need advice about when to begin moving, how much to move and what movements are best. If however, you are a few weeks or months in, then it is definitely time to move. Movement plays with your nervous system in many ways. If you keep on remembering that pain and tissue damage are not necessarily related, then you will know that pain is an output from your brain and the brain bases your pain on the understanding your brain has of it. This ankle is still bruised, but no longer acute and now needs gentle movement to continue healing.