Ankle Sprains

Posted on November 2, 2020

Example of an Ankle Sprain
Sprained Ankle Bruising

What is an Ankle Sprain?

ANKLE sprains are an acute injury where the ankle is rolled past its normal range of motion. Ankle Sprains typically occur when the foot is rolled over onto the outside of the foot (lateral ankle sprain). Not as common, but it is also possible to roll the foot inwards (medial ankle sprain).

How do Ankle Sprains Present?

They can present in varying degrees of severity. From minor discomfort and bruising, with no loss of motion or structural damage. To a severe ankle sprain which can cause rupture of ligaments, tendons and bone fractures.

Appropriate assessment and management of an ankle sprain is important as any loss of strength or stability from a poorly managed ankle sprain, dramatically increases the risk of further injury in future.

How to manage an Ankle Sprain

Initially any ankle sprain is best managed with RICER (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Referral to healthcare professional if required). It is important to obtain a full diagnosis of the extent of your injury to ensure the appropriate management plan is followed. This also includes a functional restoration program to ensure full strength and mobility of the injured ankle prior to returning to full sporting activity.

It is never too late to have an injured ankle assessed. However it is best that assessment takes place as soon as possible following injury, to ensure a fast and complete recovery.

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