When you’ve suffered a sprained ankle, what to do becomes very important. Should you seek medical help for the injury, or is this something that can easily be treated at home? In truth, it depends on how bad the injury is. We’ve all turned our ankle over at one time or another – it’s very easy to do if you step on uneven ground or you lose your balance somehow and fall with your weight on that ankle. However, most injuries are minor and involve nothing more than a minor stretch of the ligament in the ankle. These can be treated with an ice pack at home and will feel better in virtually no time at all.
It’s rather different when you experience severe swelling and bruising, and in the case of a severe sprain you may not be able to put any weight on your ankle. You might have felt the ligament tear as you turned your ankle over, and you may be in a lot of pain.
Immediately after you’ve sprained your ankle
If you suspect the injury is a bad one or you were involved in an accident with a third party, you should see your GP or visit your local A&E department. Being unable to put any weight on it should mean a visit to casualty, because the symptoms for a badly-sprained ankle are very like those you’d feel if you broken your ankle. It can be hard to tell the difference, and the only way to confirm the injury you have is by x-raying it.
You will likely be given crutches to keep your weight off the ankle while it heals. Rest, ice, compression and elevation is the four-step RICE recommendation for these injuries, so ensure you follow this as well.
Could you claim anything?
What to do from a medical viewpoint after you’ve sprained your ankle is your priority. However, once you have received treatment, you may want to know what to do from a legal viewpoint as well. Could you claim something?
If a third party caused your accident, a no-win, no-fee claim could be taken on by a personal injury lawyer at Accident Advice Helpline. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 (or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile) and find out how easy it is to get some legal advice.
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Rob Steen