So you think you may have sprained your ankle, but you’re not too sure? Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of members of the public to claim compensation after spraining their ankle in an accident, and here are some of the most common sprained ankle signs:
- Inability to put weight on your ankle
- A ‘popping’ sound when the injury occurs
- Numbness or tingling in your toes or foot – you should seek urgent medical attention if you experience this
Although most people recover from a sprained ankle without the need for medical treatment, if your sprain is especially severe then you may need to have treatment such as physiotherapy or even minor surgery to repair the damaged ligaments and tissues in your ankle.
Do sprained ankle signs mean keeping weight off your foot?
Unlike with a fractured ankle, it’s actually not recommended to rest your sprained ankle for any length of time, unless your sprain is especially severe and your doctor has recommended you do so. Sprained ankle signs indicative of a minor sprain usually mean that you should rest your ankle only for the first 24 to 48 hours after your injury. After this, carrying out exercises and keeping your ankle mobile is important, as this will help your ankle to heal more quickly and keep it strong.
This does mean that you should be able to go back to work after a few weeks if you don’t have a particularly physical job, although if you have an active job you may need a couple of months off work to recover after your accident. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to claim personal injury compensation if you’ve been injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence – for example if you have slipped on a wet floor at work or tripped on damaged pavement.
Can you really claim compensation for a sprained ankle?
Most personal injury claims stories that make the news are for serious, life-changing injuries, but you can actually make a claim for almost any type of injury, provided you sought medical attention. A sprained ankle may be a minor injury, but it can still lead to taking time off work and going through a period of recovery and rehabilitation, which can affect your finances. You can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you could claim compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings. Just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim.