Sprained ankles are incredibly painful. They can happen in a variety of situations, but typically they occur when your foot rolls over to the outside. It’s often referred to as ricking your ankle over, but you can often get away without injury, other than some mild pain for a short time. In other cases, though, the ankle is sprained, and that means the ligaments have been stretched out of their normal range of movement. Sometimes they are torn.
You can expect almost instant swelling to occur when you suffer a sprained ankle. You may well find you won’t be able to put any weight on it at all. In some cases, people experience a bruised ankle, but this isn’t always the case. It will also feel very tender and will cause you some pain.
Treating a sprained ankle
It is often the case that treating a sprained ankle can be done at home. You don’t usually have to have it x-rayed unless your symptoms don’t start getting better in a matter of days. Proper treatment early on should help you on the road to recovery before too long.
The first thing to do is to follow the PRICE therapy routine. This stands for protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. By following these elements, you will hopefully minimise the pain you experience and let your ankle injury resolve itself so you can get back to normal very quickly indeed.
How did your sprained ankle occur in the first place?
This is worth thinking about, as it may not have been your fault. Did you trip or fall because of an unseen pothole in the road or pavement, for example? Did you fall at work because there was a tripping hazard in the way that you did not see? Every situation is different, but if someone else was to blame for your ankle injury, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
To find out whether this might apply in your situation, all you have to do is call Accident Advice Helpline. We operate a free enquiry line on 0800 689 0500, and just one call could be all it takes to get things rolling. We might be able to match you with one of our experienced lawyers who has already handled many claims similar to yours. Isn’t it worth learning more today in case you can claim?
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead