A sprained ankle can be difficult to diagnose as it can often present with similar symptoms to a broken ankle. Swelling, puffiness, bruising and pain can all be present, and it’s best to get a medical diagnosis to determine whether you have sprained or fractured your ankle. Sprained ankle foot pain can keep you from living life to the full as well as going to work and earning a living. A sprain affects muscles and ligaments in the foot, which can affect your mobility and cause you pain. Whether you sprained your ankle after a fall or whilst playing sports, you could find you’re eligible to claim compensation for sprained ankle foot pain, provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
How to treat sprained ankle foot pain
Sprained ankle foot pain is best treated at home with PRICE therapy. This stands for protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. Using ice on your sprained ankle can help to reduce swelling, pain and inflammation, whilst resting your ankle and keeping it elevated will help it to heal. You can wear an elasticated bandage for compression, but remember to take this off before you go to sleep. If the pain is severe and swelling does not subside, or if you feel numbness, there are lumps or bumps or discolouration in the area, you should see your GP as you may need medical treatment.
It may be that you have actually fractured your ankle without realising it. Most sprains heal within six to eight weeks, but if you have a particularly active job then it may take a while before you are able to return to work – some people can take longer to heal than others.
Compensation for a sprained ankle
If you’re considering making a claim for compensation for a sprained ankle, then you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. The claims process is actually pretty simple, and most claims can be processed over the phone, so there’s no need to even leave the comfort of the couch whilst you’re resting your sprained ankle. You can call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a claim and get advice from our expert advisors.
If you’re eligible to make a claim, you could be compensated not only for your sprained ankle injury but also for any money you have lost due to taking time off work, and any expenses you’ve incurred as a result of your accident, such as the cost of travelling to hospital appointments.
Date Published: March 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen