Compressions for an ankle injury can help both manage the pain and reduce the future rehabilitation time. Ankle injuries can be caused in all manner of ways, from slips, trips and falls to accidents whilst playing sports. Compression is one of the most common and effective treatments.
What are the most common types of compressions for an ankle injury?
The most common kind of ankle injury is an ankle sprain. Sprains are caused by movements in the ankle joint moving it slightly out of position. Though not as serious as dislocations, they can be significantly painful and require careful recovery.
Ankle injuries, whether they are caused by trips at work or falls in public places, are usually treated following the M.I.C.E. method.
- Motion: Getting the ankle moving, specifically by flexing the foot upwards, is very important in the aftermath of an ankle injury. The movement should be slow and pain-free. If it hurts too much, the injury is probably more serious than a sprain.
- Ice: Getting ice on the ankle as soon as possible can help reduce swelling and shorten recovery time.
- Compression: This is what is used to hold the ice in place on the ankle. There are several different kinds of compressions for an ankle injury, including:
Strapping: The most effective compression, strapping allows you to secure the ice firmly in place. The wrap should begin just behind the toes and spiral upwards around the foot and ankle.
Tape: If you have no strapping to hand, you can also tape the ice in place. Of course, you need a barrier such as a tea-towel between the ice and the tape. And beware that it could sting when peeled off.
Hands: If you don’t even have tape available, you may have to just make do with holding the ice in place as best you can.
- Elevation: Keep your foot raised to aid recovery.
Compressions could also be used throughout the day. To help give extra support, bandage your ankle up. You can also purchase an ankle brace which will limit movement depending on the severity of your injury.
Making a claim
Once the extent of your ankle injury is known, you may want to consider making an ankle injury claim. If the accident that injured you wasn’t your fault, you could be due injury compensation.
At Accident Advice Helpline, our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis and have over 16 years’ experience handling personal injury claims. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if calling from a mobile and speak to our expert advisors to get your claim started.
Date Published: March 13, 2017
Author: Accident Advice