A sprained ankle is a common injury that no one wants to suffer. Not only is it painful and uncomfortable, but it limits your ability to do the things you love for an extended period.
There are many common causes of a sprained ankle, from stepping in a hole to slipping on debris to falling from a height. If you suffer this injury at work, stop what you’re doing, remove your shoe and report the incident to your employer.
Upon receiving an official diagnosis of a sprained ankle, you can work with your medical team to devise a treatment strategy for speeding up your recovery. This typically includes:
- Plenty of rest
- Ice therapy
- Elevating the injured foot
Along with the above, your doctor may suggest that you take medication to manage the pain. Also, depending on the severity of the injury, you may require physical therapy to regain full range of motion and strength.
The length of time it takes to recover from a sprained ankle depends on the severity. Consider the following:
- Grade 1: one to three weeks
- Grade 2: three to six weeks
- Grade 3: several months
Discuss the severity of your injury with your doctor so that you have a basic idea of how long it’ll take to make a full recovery.
If you’re unable to return to work as a result of your injury, it’s time to file a workers’ compensation claim. It’s better to do this than to return to work, make your injury worse and find yourself in a more difficult situation.