Sprained ankles are the most common type of sporting injury and they are not all the same!
Research suggests ankle injuries account for 15 – 20% of all sports injuries and are also the most re-occurring injury.
If you think you’re safe because you don’t take part in any sports – don’t stop reading now. It is an injury that occurs in everyday activities.
A thorough examination from a physio can diagnose a sprained ankle and rule out the possibility of associated damage, such as a fracture.
Sprains are graded as follows:
Slight stretching and damage to the fibres of the ligaments
Partial tearing of the ligament
Complete tearing of the ligament
With ligament damage in ankle sprains, there may also be associated damage to tendons, joint capsules, the bones, the cartilages, the nerves, or other soft tissues.
A severely sprained ankle may result in complete or almost complete rupture of the ligaments and could be associated with dislocations and fractures of the ankle bones.
So it’s best to get checked as soon as possible!
The severity of the sprain is important to establish, as this will indicate a time frame of when the injured person can return to sport or normal activity. Based on the diagnosis the physiotherapist will come up with a treatment and rehabilitation plan.
Treatment could include:
Without proper treatment for an ankle sprain, there can be long-term negative effects such as chronic instability, decreased range of motion, and pain.
Studies show up to 80% of people who sprain their ankle will re-sprain it. This is normally due to inadequate rehabilitation, so it's definitely best to get that treatment and advice on how to go in the future.
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At Wolli Creek Physiotherapy & Pilates, you’ll be looked after by highly experienced and passionate young physiotherapists with a range of specialist skills and qualifications. We treat and heal all injuries and pain problems, for all kinds of people.