What is Ankle Sprain?
Ankle sprain is one of the most common types of sports injuries we see. According to Sports Medicine Australia, a sprain is defined as a tearing of the ligaments that connect bone to bone and help stabilise the joint. It may also be over stretching of ligaments that attach to the bones . Ligaments help to stabilize the ankle joint.
It can occur while playing sports requiring jumping, turning and twisting movements. For example, netball, football basketball, and volleyball etc. Also other sports involving a change of direction like soccer and tennis can cause ankle sprains.
An ankle sprain leads to the instability of ankle joint causing balance problems.
What are the causes of sprained ankle?
- Ankle sprains can occur by rolling your ankle on unstable ground or twisting as a result of sudden movement.
- Awkwardly placing your foot when running, landing incorrectly from a jump or stepping onto an irregular surface may also develop a sprain in your ankle.
What are the signs and symptoms of sprained ankle?
- Swelling or bruising depending on severity
- Pain on putting weight on the foot or walking
Loss of balance
Weakness in the Ankle
What are the preventive measures for ankle sprains?
- Warm up and cool down exercises while training.
Avoid performing activities on slippery or uneven surfaces.
Wear proper fitting footwear that provide good support to your ankles.
How we diagnose and treat Sprained Ankle at Get Better Physiotherapy Centre?
- We will do a complete assessment and examine the injury in order to identify the extent of your injury.
Our hand’s on treatment includes joint mobilisation techniques, soft tissue releases and using a modality to reduce the swelling, which will assist you in walking.
We will show you strengthening exercises which will improve your joint strength, improve balance and help you get back to daily activities and sports.