Ankle - injured, treated with an ankle splint

An injured ankle can be treated with a splint which provides support and helps prevent the foot from swelling.

About your visit

We have examined you and we have ascertained that you have injured your ankle. We have given you a splint on to support your foot and prevent it from swelling. We have told you how, and for how long, you should use the splint, and whether you can take it off occasionally.

In addition to the splint, it is important that you wear a snug-fitting shoe.

If you need crutches, we have lent you a pair to take home with you.

When you get home

Contact your general practitioner if you have persistent numbness in your leg

If your leg is numb, try loosening the splint a little. If the numbness does not go away, contact your general practitioner or dial 1813 to reach the medical helpline outside your general practitioner’s opening hours.

Take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain

You should take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain. Pain-relieving medicine can be bought over the counter. Take only the amount of pain reliever recommended on the package. Contact your general practitioner if you need help managing the pain.  

Keep your foot elevated and wiggle your toes

Rest your foot as much as possible for the first week. Elevate your foot to a level higher than your heart when sitting down. You can loosen the splint when you sit down. Wiggle your toes to reduce swelling. Make sure you sleep with your leg elevated.

Use an ice compress

Make an ice compress for your foot if you are in pain. Wrap a bag of ice in a tea towel, for example, to avoid direct contact with your skin. Use a compress 3-5 times a day for 20-30 minutes.

Take off the splint and let your foot breathe.

You can take off the splint at night and when showering/bathing if we say this is OK. It is important that plenty of air gets to your leg. When you are not wearing the splint, check your skin for sores and pressure marks.

Gently put weight on your foot

After a week, you can begin to put more weight on your foot. This will help you get over your injury faster. There should, however, be no pain when you do so.

Put the splint on correctly

First, put on a long cotton sock. The sock should be longer than the splint to protect your skin.

Place your heel on the round sole. Perhaps adjust the side panels to make sure they are the same length over your anklebones.

Close the panels around your ankle, tighten the straps, and put on your shoe.

Push the panels together with one hand, and use your other hand to tighten the straps so the support fits comfortably.

If the splint feels too tight, begins to chafe or if there is uneven pressure, try to readjust the panels and the straps. Always wear a snug lace-up shoe on the foot with the splint.

Practical precautions

Adjust the splint if you are travelling on a plane

If you are wearing the splint on a plane, the cabin pressure may cause your leg to swell, so remember to loosen the straps in advance.

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