Inversion ankle sprains are one of the most common ankle injuries in sport. They occurs when the foot is rolled over onto the outside of the foot and ligaments are overstretched. Activities such as basketball, netball, AFL and soccer are high risk for ankle sprains as they involve jumping actions and uneven surfaces. Signs and symptoms that are commonly experienced with an inversion ankle sprain are pain, swelling, bruising, warmth and redness, instability and a decreased range of motion. Physiotherapy is a great way to treat an ankle sprain. Studies have shown that Physiotherapy treatment can decrease the time it takes to return to sport and decrease the risk of re-injury.
How does Physiotherapy help?
- Decrease pain and swelling
- Increase range of motion to allow normal walking
- Increase stability with ankle taping or braces if necessary
- Decrease any associated muscle tightness and joint stiffness
- Strengthen your ankle to decrease the risk of re-injury
- They can also grade the injury, help rule out fractures.
Ankle injuries are commonly poorly rehabilitated and left untreated leaving residual problems with strength range of motion and balance, this will significantly increase the chance of re-injury and further damage to the ankle.