Ankle sprains refer to the tearing or damage to ligaments in the ankle. The most common ankle sprain occurs on the lateral or outside part of the ankle and is usually a result of "rolling" or "twisting" the ankle.
Symptoms you may be experiencing:
- pain that is most commonly, but not always, felt on the outside of the ankle;
- tenderness, swelling and bruising on the ankle, which can take a while to become evident;
- difficulty or inability to bear weight on the affected ankle.
Initial care - things to try at home:
- avoid weight bearing;
- ice with a wet cloth between the ice and the skin to protect the skin;
- bandage for protection and to help immobilise the joint;
- keep elevated as often as possible, ideally above your heart.
Our approach to solving your problem:
- Although we try and return you to sport as early as possible, in the early stages complete rest is often necessary. Treatment early on can, however, help to switch off muscles that are in spasm and keep joint mobility functioning.
- In some cases, we may advise you to seek diagnostics to ensure that there are no ruptured tendons, ligaments or fractured bones.
- Soft tissue work to the lateral leg muscles below the knee can often speed up recovery as these muscles often become tight in an attempt to protect the joint from further damage. If untreated, this locking up of muscles slows down the healing and it adds to pressure on the foot and ankle.
- Taping may be utilised to assist with recovery and rehabilitation. We are happy to video our taping techniques during the consult so that it can be replicated at home in between treatments. Rolls of tape are available for purchase at the clinic.
- We will then create a management plan specific to you to help settle the pain, strengthen the area and return balance to prevent reoccurrence and get you back to the activities that you enjoy.
- It may, however, be necessary in some cases to use strapping tape in future.
We will then create a management plan specific to you to:
- help settle the pain;
- strengthen the area;
- return balance to prevent reoccurrence;
- address the causative factors;
- get you back to the activities that you enjoy!
If you would like one of our Soft Tissue Therapists or Podiatrists to help you recover from an ankle sprain, please give us a call on 9894 2463 or book online to make an appointment.