Since a sprained ankle is quite a common injury, it’s a good idea to know some sprained ankle first aid tips. Not only could it help you assist someone else, it could also help you if you ever suffer from this painful injury.
Firstly, it is useful to know the RICE method of treatment. This stands for rest, ice, compression and finally elevation. These four elements combine to provide the best treatment for a sprained ankle. This applies both initially and in the days immediately after the sprain occurs, so bear this in mind if you ever need the information.
Following RICE when giving sprained ankle first aid
Take your weight off the affected ankle following the injury. Getting ample rest is essential if the ankle is going to recover. Putting an ice pack on the ankle will also help reduce the swelling, but wrap the cold pack in a tea towel first.
A stretchy compression sleeve or bandage should then be applied to minimise the swelling in the joint. Finally, elevating the ankle will also help to reduce the swelling experienced. Serious sprains should be investigated, as a fracture is quite possible and presents in much the same way as a serious sprain. Even if there is no fracture, a serious tear to one or more ligaments may require a plaster cast to be applied, or surgery in the rarest of cases. If in doubt, getting an x-ray is always the best course of action. Your local casualty unit will be able to confirm whether the ankle is sprained or whether a bone has been fractured.
Does your sprained ankle warrant a compensation claim?
The crucial question is whether a third party was responsible for what happened to you. Sometimes, this is very easy to work out, but in other cases, it can be difficult to assess what happened in your accident.
In every case, though, getting advice from Accident Advice Helpline is a great idea. Just as sprained ankle first aid can be invaluable at the time of your injury, so professional legal advice can be invaluable later. Call our team now on 0800 689 0500, or call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. You can even take the quick online test in just 30 seconds, to determine whether a no-win, no-fee claim could be a real possibility for you.
Date Published: February 13, 2017
Author: Rob Steen