Ankle Sprain

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains commonly occur in a large majority of the population, usually by an unnatural twisting action when the foot is planted awkwardly. This can happen in both directions with the ankle rolling inwards (inversion sprain) or outwards (eversion sprain) when the ground is uneven, or when an abnormal amount of force is applied to the ankle joint. This causes an overstretching of the ligament, which can range from a GD1 to a GD3 sprain.

What causes ankle sprains?

Ankle ligaments are most commonly injured in sports that require change in direction, jumping/landing and external factors. However, we are more commonly seeing repetitive chronic ankle injuries. This is a huge predisposing factor to rolling the ankle again, due to the ligaments already being overstretched and not properly rehabilitated. This causes the muscles around the ankle to over compensate leading to laxity in the ligaments and chronic ankle instability. Sometimes ankle ligaments aren’t as simple as they seem, as problems may also be occurring further up the chain in the knee and hip joints.

Symptoms of Ankle Sprains

Symptoms for ankle sprains include but are not limited to:

  • Bruising around the inside or outside of the ankle
  • Swelling and heat around the ankle
  • Stiffness into the ankle joint
  • A lack of movement around the ankle
  • Pain turning the foot inwards or outwards
  • A feeling of giving way

Treatment for Ankle Sprains

Firstly we will conduct a thorough review of your past medical history in terms of injury and also talk about how your current injury happened. After assessing and testing strengths and stability in the ankles and hips we will devise a treatment and rehabilitation exercise plan, which will be specific to you. Treatment techniques will include soft tissue, ultrasound, taping and exercise education to help you return to activities of daily living and your set goals.


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