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What does a sprained ankle with purple toes mean?


It can be a bit worrying if you sprain your ankle and notice unusual swelling and discolouration either straight away or within a few days. A sprained ankle with purple toes is a sign you should seek immediate medical attention. Your injuries could be pressing on a nerve or blood vessels leading to the foot, or you could be suffering from circulatory issues caused by your injury, which are leading to pain, swelling and discolouration. Although most sprained ankles can be treated at home, any unusual discolouration or numbness is a sign to see a doctor as soon as possible.


What will happen if I have a sprained ankle with purple toes?

If you have a sprained ankle with purple toes then it may be that you have suffered a severe sprain or even fractured your ankle. A proper diagnosis by a doctor will determine what has happened, and you may need surgery or other treatment. If you have fractured your ankle, the bones will need to be set and you’ll need to wear a cast until it heals. All this can mean taking more time off work than you had originally planned, which can mean your salary takes a hit. But if somebody else caused your accident then you could make a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline, and it won’t cost you a penny.

We could help you get compensation for your lost earnings, helping you to pay your bills and household expenses whilst you are recovering from your injuries. If you’ve had to pay for other expenses too, for example the cost of travelling to medical appointments, this is something else which can form part of your claim.


Will I have to go to court?

Many people are daunted at the idea of having to go to court to make a personal injury claim, but the good news is that it’s unlikely to ever happen. With Accident Advice Helpline, most claims can be processed over the phone, so you probably won’t have to go to court to get the compensation you deserve. No matter how minor or severe your sprain, you have three years in which to make a claim, and you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 5659 to find out more. Our advisors offer confidential advice and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim – it’s totally up to you what happens next.