Sprained ankles are a common injury and are not usually serious but can cause some pain, discomfort and difficulty walking for a time. They are particularly common in children and in those who take part in strenuous activity such as sports. Ligaments hold the bone in place and a sprain occurs when some of the fibres of the ligament are torn. The injury may be more severe depending on the accident. Before treating a sprained ankle, determine how serious the injury is. Minor sprains can be treated successfully at home following the RICE rule.
Begin by resting the ankle, avoiding putting weight on the foot for at least two days. If you regularly exercise, try to avoid putting any weight on your foot if you can. Ice the ankle to reduce the swelling and inflammation. Try to get ice on it as soon as possible and keep it on the area for around 15 to 20 minutes a time until swelling improves. Do this throughout the 48-hour period. Don’t keep ice on the injury for too long to avoid tissue damage. Compress the ankle with a bandage. Sleeve bandages and bandages for sprains can be found in a typical first aid kit. Lastly, elevate the ankle to minimise swelling. If the pain continues for a long period of time, or the injury is causing numbness in the leg or foot seek medical assistance.
Typical accidents involving sprains
If you are treating a sprained ankle in yourself or someone else, they have probably had a slip, trip or fall. Slipping and landing on hard ground can cause a sprain or they may have tripped and went over on the ankle causing injury. This may have occurred anywhere; in the street, in the workplace, in a playground or in a public building. If you slipped or fell because there were objects lying in walkways or there was a wet floor which was not signposted, you may not have been at fault for your injury.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you if you were not at fault for your accident and there is evidence that someone else was negligent. If this is the case, you can call our expert team on our free 24-hour helpline to discuss pursuing compensation from the party at fault. We believe that no-one should have to suffer an injury at the hands of others and you are entitled to pursue compensation no matter how small you think your injury may be.
Date Published: October 1, 2014
Author: David Brown