Spraining an ankle is very painful, and when you do it, you will likely suspect you have incurred a sprain. Following the injury, you might experience a range of symptoms stemming from the injury, particularly as the joint swells and starts to bruise. Sprained ankle numbness is one such symptom, and it is not unusual to experience this following your injury.
But why can you get a numb feeling in your ankle? The reason is due to swelling, which will certainly occur if you have sprained your ankle. The swelling could mean nerves in the surrounding area are pinched, instead of having room to move in. This means you could have that familiar feeling of pins and needles, in your ankle and your foot.
How to deal with sprained ankle numbness
Most of the symptoms relating to an ankle sprain will naturally disappear as the ankle heals. However, they may initially worsen as the swelling comes out and the injury becomes more apparent.
To minimise any symptoms that you feel, make sure you rest the ankle and use ice packs to encourage the swelling to come out. From this point, you should also use a bandage to help support the ankle, and elevate it on a footstool or something similar, as this will also help bring down the swelling. You should notice any numbness will then start to disappear over the first few days following your sprain. Of course, if you have any concerns, or the feeling gets worse or does not go away, you should always seek advice from your GP.
Seek advice about making a compensation claim, too
This is another important thing to do if you feel you weren’t at fault for incurring a sprained ankle. It doesn’t matter if you have sprained ankle numbness or not – the most important thing is to see whether compensation might be due because someone else’s negligence led to you suffer the injury to begin with.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide the answers. Just ring our team now on 0800 689 0500 (or from a mobile on 0333 500 0993) to see if a no-win, no-fee* claim could work out in your favour. If so, you can get some answers very soon – and you could even try the 30-second test you’ll find here on our site to find out more information now.