‘I sprained my ankle and it’s still swollen’ – that’s one of the statements some people who have suffered sprains find themselves saying after they get this injury. Most sprains heal quite well, but they can take anything from days to months to heal properly. The milder the sprain is, the faster it will heal. Conversely, a very bad sprain that tears one or more ligaments completely will take months to properly heal.
Most people would expect some swelling with an injury like this. Additionally, you would expect it to take several days for the initial swelling to start reducing. Mild sprains sometimes present with no swelling at all, whereas more serious ones present with swelling that gradually goes down. So, what should you do if you still have swelling a while after the injury?
I sprained my ankle and it’s still swollen – should I seek further medical treatment?
You should always get confirmation of a sprain immediately following an accident. Sometimes, a visit to your GP will suffice, but if you cannot put any weight on the ankle, it’s best to go to casualty. This is because you may assume you have a sprain when you could have a fracture. It’s difficult to tell the difference between the two without the aid of an x-ray to confirm this either way.
If time has passed since the injury and your ankle should be getting better but is still swollen, see your GP. They can examine the joint to see if there are any further problems that need treatment.
Is it possible to claim anything?
How did you sprain your ankle to start with? If it was caused in an accident someone else triggered, you could indeed make a claim.
‘I sprained my ankle and it’s still swollen’ is something our advisors have heard in the past. We will reveal whether you could make a compensation claim following an accident you weren’t responsible for, where someone else was. Accident Advice Helpline is here for you when you need us most, on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile phone. This is a good way to get in touch with us to see whether a claim is possible, and whether one of our lawyers could guide you through it from start to finish.
Date Published: March 2, 2017
Author: Rob Steen