Serious ankle injuries are commonly considered to be sports injuries. However, you do not have to be an elite athlete to damage your ankles. Each year, two million people receive treatment for serious ankle injuries and this statistic is unsurprising, given that the ankles bear the weight of the entire body.
Common types and causes of serious ankle injuries
The two most common types of ankle injuries are strains and sprains. Strains occur when your muscles or tendons become damaged while sprains occur when your ligaments become stretched or torn. Other types of injuries include dislocations, breaks and infections.
Sprains and strains of the ankles typically occur following trips on uneven pavements. Fractures, on the other hand, are commonly sustained following falling down stairs.
Serious Ankle injury treatments
Regardless of the way in which you have sustained your ankle injury, you should seek immediate medical advice. If your ankle injury is severe, a doctor may request an X-ray to look for damaged bones. Depending on your diagnosis, you may require:
• Anti-inflammatory medications
• Sports massage
• Immobilisation of the ankle
Ankle injury rehabilitation
Most mild ankle injuries take between two and six weeks to heal. However, severe injuries may take up to 12 weeks to heal. In some cases, you may be required to undergo an extensive period of physiotherapy.
Compensation for personal injuries
If you have experienced an ankle injury through no fault of your own, you should be eligible for compensation. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 14 years’ experience of dealing with ankle injury compensation claims. Our expert solicitors take the stress out of making compensation claims by guiding you through each stage of the claims process so that you can claim the maximum compensation available. We can help you to claim for general damages, which cover your pain, suffering and lost earnings and special damages, which cover your medical expenses such as your taxi rides to the hospital and prescription charges. We process the majority of personal injury claims over the telephone, meaning that it is unlikely that you will have to attend court.
Making a claim for compensation for your ankle injury could not be easier. Our professional advisers are available 24-hours a day, so call our Freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and discuss your case in confidence.