If you have ever sprained your ankle, you’ll know it is a very painful injury. It’s also quite common. If you turn your ankle over heavily enough, it can tear the ligaments that help support the ankle joint. You may feel something tear when this happens, and you’ll notice immediate swelling in that ankle. You will also be unable to put any weight on the joint. Some people end up wearing a sprained ankle boot while the injury heals.
Since the symptoms of a more seriously-sprained ankle can mimic those of a fracture, it is important to get proper medical advice on your injury. An x-ray will help you see whether there is a fracture, or whether your injury is confined to the ligaments.
Why might you be given a sprained ankle boot?
While most sprains heal well within a few days if you follow the RICE recommendation (rest, ice, compression and elevation), more serious sprains may require extra help. In this case, medical experts may recommend you wear an ankle boot for three to four weeks. The ligaments must be allowed to heal in the right place, otherwise you could be at greater risk of repeating the injury in the future.
You may well be given crutches too, since you must not put weight on the injury initially even if you are wearing a boot. As you can see, being able to wear a boot makes it easier to let your ankle heal and to ensure you do not suffer from any problems in the future.
Could you claim for suffering the injury in the first place?
Consider how your sprained ankle happened. Did it occur because you tripped, slipped or fell over an obstacle that should never have been there? Was a third party ultimately at fault, whether they were present at the time or not? If you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline, you can find out more about your potential claim.
You can call us on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Make sure you give our team all the facts and let them know if you wore a sprained ankle boot as part of your recovery. They’ll be able to see if a no-win, no-fee claim might work in your case, and whether one of our lawyers could represent you.
Date Published: February 13, 2017
Author: Rob Steen