If you have sprained your ankle, you may be wondering if it’s true that a sprained ankle should be iced. Your GP will normally recommend PRICE therapy if you have sprained your ankle:
Ice can be applied to your ankle to reduce swelling and inflammation whilst also relieving pain, but it is important to be cautious. You should always ensure your ice pack (or bag of frozen peas) is wrapped securely in a towel so it does not come into direct contact with the skin. In the first 48 to 72 hours after your injury, you should ice your ankle several times a day for 20 to 30 minutes each time – whilst applying the ice pack it is helpful to elevate your ankle so it’s above your heart, using pillows or cushions.
I’m wondering if a sprained ankle should be iced, or should heat be used?
Whilst some people do use heat packs when they have sprained their ankle, this is definitely not recommended for the first 48 to 72 hours after your accident, as it could make swelling worse. Ice is usually a better option to reduce swelling and alleviate pain, and many people find an ice pack is more readily accessible too. If your swelling persists or your ankle doesn’t seem to be getting any better, you may need to see your GP who might refer you to a specialist for further treatment.
For most minor sprains, it’s important to stay active too and keep your ankle mobile, as this will help it to heal faster. If you need to take time off work to recover after your accident, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for your loss of earnings, which could help you out financially during a difficult time.
How to find out more about making a personal injury claim
Most people recover from a sprained ankle within six to eight weeks, but if your sprain is particularly severe it could take longer. During this time you might be unable to go to work, so it’s a good opportunity to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline, to find out more about making a claim for personal injury compensation. Our team of expert advisors can help you to find out whether you have a viable claim, and if there is anything you’d like to know about the claims process, we have the answers.
Most claims can be settled out of court, so it’s just a case of getting in touch with us by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile). With over 16 years’ industry experience, we have helped hundreds of people claim compensation for a sprained ankle, so no matter how your accident happened, get in touch with us today.
Date Published: February 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen