A Step By Step Guide To Dealing With A Broken Ankle


Parents never know when they or one of their children might slip over and break their ankle. It’s a painful experience, but one that many people will face at some point during their lives. Of course, if that ever happens, individuals will have to visit the hospital as soon as possible. However, there are lots of other things anyone can do before reaching the medical centre that might benefit the injured person. With that in mind, take a read through the step by step guide on this page and try to remember the information. Most of this advice will apply to children or adults who break any bone, not just their ankle.

The Broken Ankle

Step 1: Stop any bleeding and support the injury

The first thing people need to do involves assessing the situation and checking for wounds. Sometimes people will break the skin when their ankle suffers an injury. If that’s happened, it’s important to find a dressing and apply as much pressure as possible to stem the bleeding. T-shirts will work well if there isn’t a dressing available at the time. If there isn’t any bleeding, it’s wise to place an ice pack over the joint to reduce any swelling. Bags of vegetables out of any freezer will work well if ice isn’t available. Just be sure to wrap anything the person uses in a tea towel to avoid causing frostbite to the skin.

Step 2: Refrain from eating anything before reaching the hospital

Next up, it’s critical that people with suspected broken ankles abstain from consuming any food or drink before they arrive at the hospital. There are a couple of reasons for that, but the most important one relates to that person undergoing an operation. The doctors might have to knock the patient out to perform surgery, and so it’s important they don’t have any food in their systems. That is because:

  • The body’s reflexes get temporarily stopped under anaesthetic
  • There is a high risk of vomiting or regurgitation.

The nurses at the hospital will let the patient know when it is okay for them to eat some food. Indeed, they’ll probably provide it in most instances if surgery isn’t going to happen.

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Step 3: Take photographs of the injury and location

There are three reasons people who break their ankle should take pictures straight away. Firstly, the images could help doctors to gain a better understanding of the injury and how it happened. With a bit of luck, that will assist them in making better decisions when it comes to treating the broken bone. Secondly, in some countries, health insurance companies might want to see the condition of the ankle before paying for medical costs. Thirdly, most people will want to get some evidence in case they decide to make a personal injury claim. That sometimes happens if the accident occurred at a place of business or if someone else caused the damage. So, people should take a snap of:

  • The ankle
  • The location
  • Anything that caused the injury

Step 4: Consume pain medication and rest

In most situations, the doctors at the hospital will provide lots of pain medication after someone breaks their ankle. Regardless of what people might think about drugs, it’s wise to take the pills because there is going to be a lot of painful swelling. Professionals should also prescribe anti-inflammatory tablets too. Just be sure to stick to the recommended dosage and take them for as long as the doctor advised. People with broken ankles will also have to rest their leg for at least a couple of weeks. That means it’s time to call the workplace or school and let them know the individual isn’t going to be around for a while. Whatever happens, just follow the guidance issued by the medical professionals. They see injures of that nature every single day, and so they are the ones best placed to help the patient recover fast.

Hopefully, doctors at the hospital will treat the patient and send them home within a couple of days. That said, in some instances, it can take a couple of weeks. Surgery should only happen in the most extreme cases. In many instances, nurses will just apply a cast to the injured limb and let it heal naturally. So, to recap, anyone with a suspected broken ankle should try to reduce the swelling, refrain from eating, and get some photographic evidence. After that, those individuals just need to follow any advice given by doctors or nurses at the hospital.

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Making the best with what you have: small home space solutions

Living in a small space is very challenging at times and especially now that it’s increasingly becoming the norm in modern society. Elderly people are living longer and thus not willing to give up their homes and sell them to the next generation. But the human population is now nearing a staggering 7.5 billion. Therefore governments have been hard pressed to make homes more affordable and policies throughout the Western world have shown that there are many homes for sale, but they’re not like your traditional family home. Many of them are small homes built in the 1960s and 70s. They may be cosy, but living in them comfortably is a bit of a challenge. Making the most of what you have is a task that requires some getting used to, but there are always a few handy guidelines you can follow, to implement small space solutions.

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A living room should be for living
It’s very easy to see the living room as the space you should use to entertain guests and make sure you have enough seating in case guests, friends and or family come over. However, they don’t live in your home day in, day out. It’s time to stop worrying about making everybody else comfortable, and start living for you. Don’t put two couches or sofas in the room, when you only need one. Just because space is there, doesn’t mean you have to fill it with something. Take out the drawers and cabinets you that are there purely for aesthetic reasons like displaying away or stacking pictures of your family.

Sleep soundly

The bedroom of small homes is perhaps the most difficult space to get used to like most of the time; you’ll only have two small or one small bed available in each room. Despite there being enough room for a large bed, the hallways and small corridor don’t allow the ability to move a family size mattress up the stairs and through the door frame. Unless, you buy a zip and link beds, where you can find small mattresses which are able to be linked together to make a king size mattress. Additionally, if you or your partner weight more than normal, or just want different comfort levels, you can opt for tougher spring rates for each mattress, so both of you get what you want and not have to compromise. These products are easy to move and take up the stairs, even in the most narrow of stairways.

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Create space

Think about using space, where you’d normally leave empty even though you hardly use the room or that particular part of the room. For example, the corner of the kitchen can be used to store coats, by fitting a coat hanger rack. Make sure this is done by the window, however, as it can be opened to maintain the temperature in the kitchen and a nice flow of air, therefore not damaging the materials. In the same exact position, you could also make a space for a shoe rack or perhaps a shoe mat or tray. Here you can store all your shoes without the need to lay them in the hallway or at the foot of the stairs. This kind of ethos should be replicated all over the home. Find space where you can, especially in rooms where you occupy most of your time, and make room where you hardly use a certain space.


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Calmness and light

One of it, not the biggest factor that puts people off when thinking of buying a small but affordable home, is the nature of it. You can get used to living in a small space, but only if the home itself projects calmness. Claustrophobia can set in and have a real impact on your life, making your very living space uninhabitable. Repaint your walls in bright, vibrant colours or even neutral colours. There’s no better time to use a bright white than in a small home, to give as much elastic force, rebounding the light within your home. The brighter a home, the more it gives off an impression of roominess and relaxation.

A small home doesn’t have to be small on the inside. Use large furnishings, but use less of them. Don’t fill space where you don’t need to purely for the sake of it. However, where you can, make space that you hardly use, functional, taking the burden off of another area. Bright and neutral colours will also fight off the panic of claustrophobia and not let it set in, they may also add value to the home.

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Aspirations of a 9 year old: SockyWocky

Safin is an inspiration! He is a 9 year old who is CEO of his own company (obviously with his Mummy’s help) called SockyWocky.



The main idea around SockyWocky is spreading positive affirmations. Everyone needs to hear some positivity and 9 year old Safin thought it would be really clever to have these positive messages on socks so all day long you get reminded to stay positive.

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Giveaway! Mokuru, the new fidget craze!

We have all been inundated with fidget spinners and fidget cube crazes and now Japan has supplied us with a new craze. Welcome to Mokuru…Fidget spinners are so over.

This handheld wooden toy was originally designed to test an individual’s balance and focus – now this simple design is testing the dexterity of fast fingered flippers everywhere. Crafted out of beech wood into an eye catching cool design, players can flip tip and spin one MOKURU or more.
a new game for kids to play in the playground, and for big kids to play in the bar, at a desk, or to be played against others in competition.  Available in black, green, orange, white, red, blue and yellow!

The fast flipping toy will be distributed in the UK and Ireland exclusively by Peterkin.

Claimed to help focus and concentration, imagination and alleviate stress, MOKURU fits into your pocket.

There are fakes out there so take care to make sure it’s a real MOKURU.

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We have been offered 3 MOKURUs to giveaway! To enter please use the rafflecopter link below:

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Terms and conditions: giveaway will run from: 17th august until midnight on the 8th September 2017. 3 winners will be picked at random from entries and notified by email. Prizes will be issued directly from the company and Eps and Amy will not be held responsible for lost parcels or replacement prizes. Colour will be selected at random. Open to uk residents only.

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Guest Post : Parenting – Now and Then

Today’s guest post is written by Sarah, if you would like to know more about her, please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find her details.

Parenting still remains as the upbringing of the child from childhood to adulthood but the how parenting is done currently is quite different from the past. There are so many factors that contribute to the difference in parenting. Both parenting in the current and older days is obviously faced by some of the challenges but how they are handled also is different. The parents strive is to see that their children become a discipline and grow into responsible people. Below are the differences; Continue reading “Guest Post : Parenting – Now and Then”


Remove These Things from Your Living Room Right Now

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The living room should be a relaxing space where we can relax after a hard day’s toil, maybe watch some TV and have fun with the family. Sadly, for a great many people this isn’t the case because their living room is so cluttered that it causes them stress from the second they step in there.

If that sounds familiar, or if you’re just looking to create a more restful living space, take a look at these unnecessary items you should remove from your living room right now. Trust me; you won’t miss them at all!! Continue reading “Remove These Things from Your Living Room Right Now”