Sprains from high heels

Sometimes, it is an awkward moment when you lose your balance


Ankle sprains are very common injuries. There's a good chance that while playing as a child or stepping on an uneven surface as an adult you sprained your ankle, around 25,000 people do it every day.

Sometimes, it is an awkward moment when you lose your balance, but the pain quickly fades away and you go on your way. But the sprain could be more severe; your ankle might swell and it might hurt too much to stand on it. If it's a severe sprain, you might have felt a "pop" when the injury happened.

While the R.I.C.E.R (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Rest) method is used for immediate sprain treatment,  there are different grades of sprain:

  • Grade 1 – swelling reduces after a few days, refer to your doctor for guidance
  • Grade 2 – allow more time for healing, you may need to see your doctor, who might immobilise or splint your sprained ankle. Physiotherapy may also be advised
  • Grade 3 – is more severe and may put you at risk of permanent ankle instability, surgery may be required to repair the damage. For this severity of injury your doctor may treat you with a walking boot.

During spring racing season, take a spare pair of flats in your bag, and while they look fabulous – it might be time to put the heels away after dark.

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