A sprained ankle normally means time off work to recover, and your doctor will normally recommend PRICE therapy, which you can use at home to help the recovery process. PRICE stands for protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. But you might be wondering how sprained ankle elevation actually helps your injury to recover? Elevating your sprained ankle will help to reduce swelling, which can then help the injured joint to heal faster. It’s also a good way of resting your ankle, thus ticking two things off the PRICE list in one go.
How often should you practice sprained ankle elevation?
Sprained ankle elevation can take place any time you are resting your ankle, using a few propped up pillows or cushions, ideally. Whilst you are resting and elevating your injured ankle, you can also apply ice (a bag of frozen peas works perfectly), but make sure you wrap the ice pack in a towel or something else, to prevent burning your skin. Icing your ankle for 20-30 minutes several times a day can drastically reduce the swelling and also provide pain relief – you can take over-the-counter painkillers if you are still in pain, and for severe sprains your doctor may provide you with a prescription for something stronger.
Whilst you’re resting your ankle it is also a good time to think about how your accident happened, and who, if anyone, is to blame. It could be that you sprained your ankle after a slip at work – and your employer could be held liable, if they were negligent. This means you could make a claim for compensation within three years of your accident, and Accident Advice Helpline could help you.
How much compensation will you get for a sprained ankle?
It’s hard to say exactly how much compensation you could get for a sprained ankle, as it really depends on how serious your injuries are and how they have impacted your life. If you’ve had to take a few weeks or a couple of months off work to recover from your injuries, then you could find you’re entitled to claim compensation for any lost earnings as part of your claim. The best way to find out how much you could receive is to take the 30-second test on our website. This will give you an idea of what you could receive if your claim is successful. Then you can call us for advice on our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a claim.
Date Published: March 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen