If you have ever sprained your ankle, you will know it tends to swell quite quickly after the injury occurs. Bruising is another common feature you can expect to experience. You may also know the best treatment is said to be RICE. This stands for resting the ankle, icing it to reduce swelling, compressing it and elevating it. All these elements are supposed to reduce swelling, so yes, wrapping a sprained ankle is a very good idea.
Many people use an elastic bandage to wrap the affected ankle. You should ensure the wrapping begins near the toes and extends up past the ankle itself, to support the entire area. It is also useful to keep your weight off the ankle for a few days to allow the torn ligaments to heal.
How can you sprain an ankle?
A sprain generally occurs when you turn your ankle over to the outside. Stepping on uneven ground, tripping over an obstacle or something similar could all lead to this happening. If you fall heavily on it, the sprain can be worse than if you can break your fall.
A sprain means you have torn a ligament in your ankle, usually on the outside. Ligaments do stretch, but they can only stretch so far, otherwise the ankle wouldn’t be as stable as it normally is. A tear therefore means you will experience instability in the affected joint, and may not be able to put any weight on it either. Getting it checked by a doctor will confirm a sprain and may rule out a fracture, too. Sometimes, the two injuries look very similar, so a fracture is good to rule out if the injury is a serious one.
Think beyond wrapping a sprained ankle and consider claiming today
There are people who wouldn’t consider looking for compensation for a sprained ankle. They will focus on getting treatment for it, including wrapping a sprained ankle, and once they are better they will forget the incident ever occurred.
However, some people are injured through no fault of their own, and instead find themselves hurt because someone else was negligent. If this happened to you, or you even suspect there is a chance of claiming compensation, call 0800 689 0500 to reach Accident Advice Helpline. If you’re on a mobile, call 0333 500 0993 now for further no-obligation advice.
Date Published: February 13, 2017
Author: Rob Steen