Ankle sprains are common injuries physiotherapists see. They can occur simply by rolling your ankle on unstable ground or during a sports injury. Ankle sprains happen when a ligament, connective tissue that connects bone to bone, is overstretched. In more severe cases, ligaments may be completely torn, tendons can also be injured, or the ankle bones may be fractured. At the time of injury, you may hear a popping sound and will notice swelling, bruising and ankle pain. You may have problems walking or standing on your foot.
Unfortunately, a sprained ankle can increase your risk of re-injury as much as 40-70%, but the correct post-injury rehabilitation can significantly decrease this risk. Physiotherapy treatments help to reduce pain, inflammation and protect your ankle with an ankle brace, crutches and/or a walking boot initially. Then, regaining full mobility, strength, balance and function with an individualized exercise program are given as scar tissue forms around the ligament.
Lastly, work or sport-specific training is important prior to safely returning to activity, if you want to know more contact Summit Physiotherapy!