Whilst it’s a pretty minor injury, a sprained ankle can cause some pretty nasty swelling and bruising that can leave you unable to put weight on your ankle and can be painful. The good news is that most sprained ankles can be cared for at home by using PRICE therapy. This stands for protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation, and you can ice your ankle and keep it elevated on a regular basis to reduce pain and swelling.
For most people, swelling should start to subside within a day or two and you should make a full recovery within six to eight weeks, possibly a little longer if your injury is severe. But if your sprained ankle keeps swelling, it can be pretty alarming, and a sign that you need to seek medical attention urgently.
If my sprained ankle keeps swelling, will I need surgery?
It may be that you have suffered other injuries to your ankle that are causing the swelling, such as a fracture. So if your sprained ankle keeps swelling, it’s best to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis of what is wrong. Swelling that gets worse could also be indicative of circulatory problems caused by poor blood flow to your foot, so it is best to see a medical professional to ensure you get the treatment you need. If your ankle is very swollen then you may take longer to recover after your accident, and taking time off work may be required. This can impact your finances and make it difficult to pay your bills, giving you more to worry about at a time you should be focusing on recovering after your accident.
How much compensation could I get for a severe sprain?
If your ankle sprain is severe and you have suffered from ongoing swelling, you could find you’re entitled to claim a substantial personal injury settlement. Although an ankle sprain is considered a fairly minor injury, you’re still able to make a claim if somebody else was responsible for your accident. Whether you sprained your ankle after a slip, trip or fall, or whilst playing sports, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a claim within three years of your accident.
The amount of compensation you’ll get will be calculated on an individual basis, and will take into account things like the severity of your injury and how it has affected your life. For an idea of how much you could receive, you can take the 30-second test on our website today, then give us a call on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile).