Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries that generally occur when rolling or twisting your ankle. This causes the ligaments impacted to be over-stretch or tear. These ligaments are strong bands that hold our ankle bones together to provide stability for the ankle.
Ankle sprains occur among people of all ages and range from mild to severe depending on how much damage there is to the soft tissue structures.
The foot can twist or roll in many different circumstances such as:
Walking on uneven surface
Sports that involve cutting actions or rolling and twisting of the foot
Sports where someone may step on your foot while running
Signs and Symptoms:
Pain, swelling and bruising
Tenderness to touch
Pain or difficulty with walking
Instability of the ankle
Symptoms of a severe sprain can appear similar to a fracture so therefore require prompt assessment
A Physiotherapist can diagnose this injury through a combination of questions around your injury, and also examination of the ankle. Range of motion, swelling, area of pain and physical tests will help assist with an accurate diagnosis and helps with guidance of whether an x-ray is required. Ankle sprains can be classified as grade 1, 2 or 3. Each grade can determine the approximate recovery rate and is a classification for the level of severity
Acting promptly helps to reduce the swelling and inflammation. PRICE principles can be used immediately without seeing a physiotherapist first. This is: Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
In the first 72 hours it is recommended not to do HARM (Heat, alcohol, run, massage) as these factors can increase inflammation and therefore pain.
A Physiotherapist can help with diagnosis of the degree of injury followed by tailored management for your injury to help you get back to your previous level of function. This involves rehabilitation of the ankle and you may have: strapping, soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations and exercises as deemed appropriate for the stage of healing for the ankle.
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