How to heal a sprained ankle
If you have sustained a sprained ankle, there is not really much that can be done about it until it heals of its own accord. The muscles and tendons in that ankle simply need to heal themselves and strengthen up again, so you shouldn’t need to see a doctor. You will need to make sure that the ankle is sprained and not broken before you decide to try to take care of it yourself, and if it won’t heal or seems to be getting worse then you should go to a doctor.
You should also see a doctor if the cause of your sprained ankle is an accident which was not your fault. In this case you may be able to get compensation, but you will need to have a medical assessment to prove that you have been injured.
How to find an injury lawyer in Oxford Circus
If you have sprained your ankle due to an accident which was not your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation against the other party. The best way to claim compensation is through an injury lawyer in Oxford Circus, who will be able to handle your case for you and may be more successful at getting you compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline have over 15 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims and will be able to help you to find an injury lawyer in Oxford Circus who will work on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. Call the helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to speak to a member of the team and make a start on your claim. If you have a good case for compensation then the team will pass you onto an injury lawyer in Oxford Circus who will work with you on your claim.
How to treat your sprained ankle
First, make sure that the ankle is sprained and not broken by trying to move it and running your fingers lightly across the ankle. If you are able to move the ankle, then it is much less likely that it is broken. By touching the ankle, you should see whether any certain touch makes more sharp pain than others, in which case the ankle may be broken. Check over your ankle visually as well by looking for any mottled bruising or excessive swelling, which would indicate a break rather than a sprain.
- Get your weight off of the ankle as soon as possible.
- Follow the rules of RICE: rest, ice, compression, elevation. Rest will stop your ankle from getting worse and ease the pain; ice helps to bring down the swelling and is a natural anaesthetic; compression keeps swelling and pain to a minimum, and can be done constantly by applying a pressure bandage; and elevation keeps the blood from flowing directly to that area and causing more swelling.
- Take painkillers to help during the early days of the sprain and keep the pain manageable.
Date Published: 18th October 2013
Author: David Brown