Should I be resting or moving?

For the first 24 to 48 hours

  • Try to rest your ankle but avoid long spells of not moving at all.
  • Try to move your ankle gently for ten to twenty seconds every hour when you are awake.

After 48 hours

  • You should try to use your leg more.
  • Do whatever you normally would and stay at, or return to work. This is important and is the best way to get better.
  • Avoid sports or heavy lifting until you have less discomfort and good movement.
  • When going upstairs, reduce the strain on your ankle by leading with your good leg. If there is a handrail, use it.
  • When going downstairs, reduce the strain on your ankle by leading with your problem leg. If there is a handrail, use it.
  • Exercise really helps your ankle and can relieve pain. 

Health A-Z Articles

Find out more about the symptoms and causes of ankle specific musculoskeletal disorders and the treatments available.

Exercises

Access videos and tutorials designed to help with the recovery of ankle disorders.

Self Management Advice

This leaflet provides a summary of information to help with the self management of ankle disorders.

 
Last updated: 18 April 2012