If you’ve suffered a sprained ankle but need to travel by plane somewhere, then you may be wondering whether you can fly. The short answer is yes. The slightly longer answer is that whilst you can fly, you can only do so once you’ve received the correct treatment beforehand.

Once you’ve been properly diagnosed you need to make sure that your ankle is properly supported throughout your plane journey as this will help alleviate any stiffness and swelling during the flight.

During the Flight

Whilst you can still fly with a sprained ankle, there’s still risks you need to consider. Pain and swelling can be reduced by taking pain killers, making sure that your ankle is elevated and you simply keeping an ice pack on the ankle area.

In some cases, people who’ve not taken care of their ankle during a flight have experienced swelling, and deep vein thrombosis or blood clotting in their legs. We recommend that you wear the correct ankle protection and stockings that help reduce the swelling.

Healing Process

The period of time it takes for an ankle sprain to heal really depends on the severity of the injury. We recommend that you visit our foot and ankle clinic and we can quickly and expertly diagnose you and provide you with an accurate recovery time period.


Regarding sprained ankles many medical professionals recommend the RICE practises. RICE is a synonym standing for ‘rest, ice, compression and elevation’ to help reduce the pain and swelling. If you are seated on a plane for a long period of time then it’s recommended you follow the RICE practices to help reduce the pain and swelling.

We see many patients at our world-leading foot and ankle clinic who have suffered from ankle sprains and have successfully treated many UK patients. For our UK patients who are flying with a sprained ankle, we provide them with unrivalled aftercare and ankle support to ensure they fly in complete comfort.