Spraining your ankle is a common injury. A strain is not as bad and merely overstretches the ligaments in the joint – something most of us have done at one time or another. However, if the ankle is turned over and the person falls heavily onto it, a sprain can occur. This means the ligament isn’t just stretched but torn. It’s a painful injury and many people will require some sprained ankle support for at least a short period.
Once a sprain is confirmed, the person will have an elastic bandage put on the joint to help support it. They may use crutches for a while to allow the ankle to rest without putting weight on it. They may also be given a rigid boot to wear in the case of a serious sprain, or even a plaster cast in some cases.
How long do you need to use sprained ankle support?
It depends on how bad the injury is. Some people will only need support for a few days, while others with more serious sprains are likely to need to rest the joint for two or three weeks. It is rare for someone with a sprained ankle to need surgery to fix the tear, but in serious cases this might potentially be a possibility.
Of course, whatever the outcome, a sprained ankle means you will struggle to do things you used to take for granted. Even making a cup of tea is difficult if you cannot stand up and you struggle to reach everything you need.
How did you sprain your ankle?
Ask yourself this question when you suffer this injury, because if someone else was responsible by being negligent, you may be able to claim some compensation. Sprained ankle support is important for the recovery of your ankle, of course, but think about the benefits of legal support and advice, too.
Call 0800 689 0500 today to reach the Accident Advice Helpline team (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone). When you do, you can speak with an expert and there is no obligation to make a claim if you don’t want to. You may find it is easier to do than you suspect, though, so get your free initial advice today to find out whether a no-win, no-fee claim could be recommended in your case.
Date Published: February 13, 2017
Author: Rob Steen