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Ankle Sprain

Updated: Nov 11, 2022

What is an ankle sprain?

Most of the time an ankle sprain is a twisting movement (picture above - inversion ankle sprain) stretching the ligaments and muscles on the outside of the foot, and compressing the ligaments and muscles on the inside of the foot.

Lateral ankle sprains are the most frequently encountered injuries in sports. An ankle sprain can be a fairly serious injury. Repeatedly, people underestimate injuries like this and often ignore the effect that an unstable ankle has to the whole system.

Recovery varies from two to ten months (slow healing of ligaments) but with accurate diagnosis and treatment, an ankle sprain can be treated fast and effectively with no residual symptoms.

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

The symptoms of an ankle sprain are :

  • Pain, especially in the sprained foot

  • Swelling on the affected side of the foot

  • Tenderness when you palpate the area

  • Limited range of movement in the ankle

  • Bruising

Diagnosis of an ankle sprain

A diagnosis for an ankle sprain can be made by a physiotherapist or a doctor. In Physio Pattern we do a thorough assessment in all the ligaments, muscles, tendons, bones, joints and the affected kinetic chains. An X-ray may be required to rule out a fracture or an MRI scan to see the extend of the damage.

Did you know?

  • 7 out of 1000 people will have an ankle sprain

  • Ankle sprains are 40% of all ankle injuries

  • 45% of basketball players will have ankle sprains

  • 39% of soccer players will have an ankle sprain

  • 2 million of ankle sprains occur within a year in America

Recommended Treatment for an Ankle Sprain

At Physio Pattern Manchester we will do a thorough assessment in order to find all the dysfunctions on your sprained ankle. A treatment plan will be developed to ensure a speedy recovery with long term results and no recurrence. An Individualised exercise program will be prescribed to you as well.

Physio Pattern Manchester is going to use some of the modalities below as assessment and treatment tools (click on the links below for more information).

If you would like more information of how Physio Pattern Manchester can help with this condition, or to book an assessment please call


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