You have sprained the ligaments in your ankle. This commonly causes pain and swelling, and in more severe cases visible bruising. You may also experience weakness.

What should I expect and what can I do to help my ankle to heal?

In the early days after the injury, R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) reduces the inflammation of the ankle. As soon as the acute pain and swelling settles normal walking is allowed. It is advisable to wear flat shoes and avoid walking around on uneven ground. More strenuous and sporting activities can be introduced gradually when the pain and swelling has settled down and normal walking is comfortable.

Minor sprains recover within a few weeks and do not need specific treatment. More severe sprains may take longer to settle, and sometimes physiotherapy helps in recovering joint movements, muscle strength and stability.

It may take several months for the ankle to feel normal again and for the swelling to disappear completely. Occasionally the ankle sprain continues to be painful even after several months. In case there are ongoing problems, seeking advice from an ankle specialist is advisable.

Further information on how to put on and off your walking boot if you have been provided with one.


General information from the NHS about strains and sprains.


Contacts / Further information

For any queries in relation to your injury or for further advise please contact your local Emergency department minor injuries or contact the NHS service on 111