Ankle Sprain

Updated: Jan 15

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.

Recommended Treatment for an Ankle Sprain

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