It is not uncommon for a sprained ankle to get worse before it gets better, although most people will make a full recovery from a minor sprain within six to eight weeks. But if your sprained ankle is not getting better after a few weeks, what should you do? It’s important to see a doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Your foot changes colour or feels cool to the touch
- You suffer from numbness or tingling in your foot or toes
- Your foot or leg bends at an abnormal angle
If your ankle does not improve after a week, you may need to seek medical advice, whilst if swelling and bruising is still present after a fortnight, it’s also a good idea to see your GP.
Can you get compensation if your sprained ankle is not getting better?
If your sprained ankle is not getting better this may mean taking additional time off work to rest and recover. Whilst it’s nice to have a break from work, particularly if you are in pain and unable to put weight on your ankle, your finances can be seriously affected by taking time off. But if your accident was caused by somebody else, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim personal injury compensation. We’ll take into account how your accident has affected you financially, so you could be compensated for your lost earnings. It may be that you need to take another few weeks off work to rest or undergo minor surgery for a more serious ankle sprain, or that you’re unable to return to your job for several months as you work in a physical role.
Will your claim be successful?
We would love to say that all personal injury claims are guaranteed to be successful – sadly that’s not the case, although here at Accident Advice Helpline we do have a great track record of success. We have been helping people claim compensation for over 16 years and during that time we have handled our fair share of claims for sprained ankles. To find out if you have a viable claim, call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and we will be happy to offer you confidential, no-obligation advice. There are no fees to worry about either, as our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch.
Date Published: February 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen