Injury Topic of the Month – Ankle Sprain

Who hasn’t sprained an ankle at some time in their life? 

It must be the most commonly suffered injury. We see quite a few in our clinic which is a good thing for those who come to seek out physio advice, because most people just let it heal on its own and this usually leads to weakness, instability and sometimes ongoing pain. With this injury you are much better off seeing a physio once or twice early on, rather than ten or twelve times when you’ve been suffering for 6 months.

There are 2 main types of ankle sprain – medial and lateral – which basically means you either turned your foot inwards or outwards. The most common is when your foot goes inwards, and you end up with pain on the outside of your ankle.

This injury cause pain, swelling, bruising, stiffness, it makes us hobble around and can therefore cause knee pain, hip pain and back pain. A lateral ankle sprain is generally damage to one or more of the ligaments on the outside of the foot and ankle and a strain to the muscles, but it could also cause fractures to the fibula or the 5thmetatarsal. If you genuinely cannot put weight on your foot after you twist your ankle you need to go to A&E, but if you can put even a little weight on it you don’t, and you should see a physiotherapist.

We can usually see you within 48 hours of you ringing us – during these 48 hours you should ice and elevate your foot to help with the swelling and pain.

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Kerri Surman – Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist