It is surprisingly easy to sprain your foot. There are so many tiny bones and ligaments in the foot that all it takes is an awkward fall or some ill-fitting footwear to pull a ligament until it stretches or tears.
How do you know you have a sprained foot?
A sprained foot can frequently be misdiagnosed as a sprained ankle, as the symptoms are very similar: swelling, pain, bruising and discomfort. With either injury you will not be able to walk as normal for several weeks after the sprain, and you may even become convinced that you have broken or fractured a bone, as the pain will be so intense and enduring.
What do you do if you suspect you have a sprain?
If you think you may have a foot sprain, follow the NHS guidelines for ‘PRICE’ therapy in the immediate aftermath of a suspected sprain injury. ‘PRICE’ stands for: Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
However, if your sprain is quite severe, you should visit your GP or even pop into your local hospital for an x-ray.
Recovering from a sprained foot
Recovery times will vary depending on the type of injury you have. With a sprain, the risk of re-injury is very high, particularly if you do not take the proper amount of time to recover. It is better to be safe than sorry – take a few weeks off work, put as little pressure on your foot as possible, and keep in touch with your doctor.
Claiming compensation for your injury
If you have reason to believe that your injury was due to negligence at work or as a direct result of someone else’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation.
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