Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries we see in the clinic. They often occur as a result of a sporting-related incident. But, ankle sprains also can often arise from the most mundane of daily movements.
If an ankle sprain goes untreated it is more likely to occur again in the future!
Chronic (or longstanding) ankle instability occurs following a history of repeated ankle sprains.
Each time an ankle sprain occurs, the ligaments involved in the ankle joint can lose their elasticity, which may cause the ankle to roll more often! About 70% of people who sprain their ankle find it hard to return to their previous level of functioning.
Symptoms to look out for:
- Frequent rolling of the ankle
- Ongoing pain, swelling and tenderness around the outside of the ankle
- Feeling of instability when walking or running
- Difficulty maintaining balance whilst walking or running
- Difficulty when jumping or landing
How can physio help?
- Improve leg strength
- Help increase balance and proprioception
- Provide support with bracing and taping
- Address barriers related to sport, daily living and work
Every ankle sprain needs around 12 weeks of rehab, and we can set you up with this to do at home. Don’t keep putting up with ankle problems, come and see a physio!