Even though falling and twisting your ankle may lead you to suspect you have sprained it, receiving a sprained ankle diagnosis means you know for certain this is the injury you have. A bad sprain can mimic a fracture, so getting the joint x-rayed is often the only way to definitively confirm the injury. This is true if you cannot bear any weight on the ankle once you have injured it.
A diagnosis of a sprain means you will likely be given crutches to use so you can keep the weight off your ankle for a time. You will also find it easier to alleviate the pain if your ankle is bandaged. Some people use sports tape, which adheres to the skin and to itself, and stays in place very easily. In either case, a figure-of-eight format is used to apply the bandage or tape to the ankle, to provide the best degree of support.
What happened to cause your sprained ankle diagnosis?
A sprained ankle is typically caused when you turn your foot heavily over to one side. It’s possible to merely strain the ligaments in your ankle by doing this, but often if the accident is a heavy one, you’ll sprain the ligaments. This means you have torn them, either partially or completely. The worse the sprain is, the longer it takes to heal.
Sometimes, you may simply be unfortunate in walking on uneven ground and turning your ankle over. For example, you could find you are walking through a forest or park and you do it, and this would be unlikely to be anyone’s fault. But if you were walking on uneven ground someone else was responsible for maintaining, you may end up having a chance to claim compensation.
Is it right to try and claim under these circumstances?
The law says that if someone is injured because of negligence, they have a right to seek redress for this. You’ve experienced pain, suffering and inconvenience because of your sprained ankle diagnosis. That means you could be entitled to financial compensation if there is evidence someone was indeed negligent.
Calling Accident Advice Helpline is the smart way to go. You can do this today on 0800 689 0500 or on 0333 500 0993 if you ring from a mobile. Whatever you do, the answers could be much closer than you think.
Date Published: March 2, 2017
Author: Rob Steen