Acute Ankle Sprain
- Recent ankle sprain?
- It’s time to act now!
An ankle sprain can be quite painful and it’s important to receive the correct medical care as soon as possible.
The majority of ankle sprains occur when the ankle is turned in (inversion). This accounts for 80% of all ankle sprains.
When rolling your ankle, you place a large force through the ligaments within the ankle. This may lead to tearing of the ligament. These ligament injuries are graded from 1 to 3, based on severity. This injury can lead to functional decline, time away from physical activity, and inability to complete daily tasks.
What to do when you roll your ankle?
- Initially RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is the most effective way of reducing any inflammation and pain within the ankle. This treatment will also help to speed up recovery.
- If you are having issues fully weight bearing on the injured ankle, it is of extreme importance that you consult your Physiotherapist for a referral for an x-ray to rule out any fractures.
- Second to this, initial assessment and treatment is crucial to regaining your function, reducing your pain, and increasing your confidence.
- An ankle sprain can lead to a significant reduction in range of motion within the ankle. This reduction can prolong recovery, along with placing an increased strain on your knee, hip and lower back.
- An ankle sprain can lead to a decrease in proprioception within the ankle, resulting in the risk of recurrent ankle sprains.
- This can all be specifically targeted and fixed if you consult your physiotherapist within the first two days of the ankle injury.
- The biggest mistake most people make is waiting for the ankle to get better by itself. This mistake will mean recovery will take longer, and it will result in functional impairments within the ankle.
So if you want to get that sore ankle fixed as soon as possible, come in and see our team of experienced Physiotherapists, and lets get the ball rolling on your full recovery.