5 Things to Remember if You’ve Sprained Your Ankle

5 Things to Remember if You’ve Sprained Your Ankle

Sprained ankles are among the most common types of soft tissue injuries which are among the most common types of all personal injury. So, if you’ve sprained your ankle you’re unlikely to be alone!

It’s estimated that there are around 50,000 ankle sprains every day in the UK. They are not just confined to runners or people playing sports such as football and rugby.

Many people suffer an ankle injury when they least expect it, such as tripping over an uneven pavement or twisting badly after slipping on a wet supermarket floor.

Serious ankle injuries require immediate medical attention but the NHS and Bupa both advise that minor ankle sprains can be treated at home using “PRICE therapy”.

Here are the five steps to PRICE therapy:

Protect – you first need to protect your ankle from any further injury. Using an ankle support or wearing high-top footwear can help prevent your ankle from further harm.

Rest – for 48-72 hours following your ankle injury you should rest your ankle and avoid any activity that puts pressure on it. Some doctors recommend using crutches during this period. A little movement can then be reintroduced so that you don’t lose too much ankle strength.

Ice – a bag of frozen peas or an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel can help reduce swelling and bruising. Just don’t allow the ice to come into direct contact with your skin.

Compress – bandage or compress the injured area to restrict any movement that could harm your ankle and also to help limit any swelling.

Elevate – keep your ankle raised and supported above the level of your heart to control swelling. Try to keep your ankle elevated as much as possible until the swelling goes down.

The NHS advises that it normally takes six to eight weeks to regain full ankle use after a sprain and eight to 12 weeks to return to sporting activities.

If you have suffered a sprained ankle through no fault of your own, call the No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers at Claims Direct.

Call us for a free consultation 24/7 on freephone 0800 884 0321 or start an injury claim online and we will assess your claim at no cost to you.