With a sprained ankle, ligament damage can potentially occur. Indeed, this injury is all about damaging a ligament in your ankle by stretching it beyond the range it can usually cope with. Ligaments do indeed stretch, but they can also be torn if you turn your ankle over heavily.
The damage you have had to your ligament will be graded as per a recognised scale. Grade 1 is a minor tear of the ligament that heals the quickest. Grade 2 refers to a partial tear that leads to some instability of the ankle joint. Grade 3 refers to a complete tear, causing the most weakness, the most pain and a degree of bruising as well. If you have a mild sprain, you might be able to limp on your ankle, even though it feels tender and bruised. With a Grade 3 sprain, you may not be able to put any weight on it at all to begin with.
How long does it take to recover from sprained ankle ligament damage?
This depends on how bad the injury was. When you see your GP, they may refer you for an x-ray to confirm there is no break. This is more likely in cases where the sprain was a bad one. If it is minor, they may recommend you rest and ice the joint, as well as applying a compression bandage to reduce swelling and keeping your ankle elevated.
Recovery can be a matter of days or weeks, depending on the severity of the injury. It is very uncommon for someone to require surgery following an ankle sprain, even when it is graded as the most severe sprain. It just takes longer to heal from the injury.
The value of a claim
If it can be proven that your ankle sprain occurred because of negligence by a third party, you can try and claim compensation via a personal injury lawyer. They will help you put together the claim using a range of evidence, which is another reason why it is important to seek medical help for this injury. It means you can ensure you get a proper record of what happened and how bad the injury was.
If you want to try and claim for sprained ankle ligament damage, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now, or call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Rob Steen