You may already know about the RICE approach to dealing with a sprained ankle. Compression is a crucial part of this idea, along with Resting the joint, Icing it and elevating it. Compression and Elevation will both work to reduce the swelling, and this can reduce pain and help you on the way to recovery as well.
If your ankle sprain is a bad one, and particularly if you cannot put weight on it, you should see your GP or go to casualty to be treated. Some people believe they have a sprain when they have broken a bone, so it is important to know what you have done so it can be appropriately treated.
How does a sprained ankle compression help?
It is easy to apply a bandage to create a so-called compression wrap. If your GP or casualty department doesn’t wrap the ankle for you, you can do so with a bandage. Start from your foot, making sure the end of the bandage is in place and you wrap the bandage tightly enough. Don’t over-tighten it though.
Once this end is in place, start moving away from your toes and eventually wrap the bandage around your ankle. You should do this several times so the bandage wraps around the lower part of your foot and above your ankle, providing ample support and covering the ankle bone and your heel as well. Secure it in place with a safety pin; it may help to fold the corners of the bandage over at the end to form an arrow, and then you can secure this in place. You could also use tape if you prefer.
Is it possible to claim for a sprained ankle?
Yes, you may be able to do this if you were injured because of a third party’s actions. You may have been hurt in an accident in a car, or while walking along a poorly-maintained walkway or even by experiencing a trip or fall while at work or in a public place.
Whatever happened, and however long you needed sprained ankle compression for, Accident Advice Helpline can ensure you get access to no-obligation help when you call 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 via your mobile. When you call our experts, you can find out if a no-win, no-fee* claim is a possibility with our help.
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Rob Steen