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Ankle Injury

A sprained ankle means you have damaged the ligament between the side of your foot and ankle. You may have had an x-ray taken when you were seen but it is not always necessary.

When you go home it is important to elevate your ankle for the first 24hrs and it should be raised so that it is above your bottom.

Ankle Injury

To reduce the swelling wrap crushed ice (or a bag of frozen peas) in a damp tea towel and place it over your ankle. This should be repeated 4 - 6 times a day but do not leave it close to your skin for more than 10 minutes at a time.

Exercise your ankle every hour as shown, especially after using the ice. This exercise will be uncomfortable but it is important to prevent your ankle becoming very stiff.

 

Ankle Injury 2

 


You may be given an elastic stocking to wear. It is in a double layer and stretches from just below the knees to the base of the toes. You should not fold it over any more as this will make it too tight and you should remember to take it off at night.

Taking painkillers like paracetamol is often very helpful. They work best if they are taken regularly and not just when the pain gets worse.
After the first 24hrs you should try to start to walk. This may cause the ankle to swell. If it does you should elevate it as before. Wear comfortable shoes or boots but they must not have high heels. Also try to avoid rough or uneven ground.
It can take up to 6 - 8 weeks for the pain and swelling to completely settle. If you do not notice any improvement in the first couple of weeks you should
contact your GP unless we have told you otherwise.


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