Ankle sprains come in 3 classifications
Grade 1 (mild)– incorporating stretching/ microscopic tearing of the ligament
Grade 2 (moderate)– incorporating partial tearing of the ligament
Grade 3 (severe)– incorporating a complete tear of the ligament causing substantial instability at the joint.
Common causes of an ankle sprain are walking or exercising on an uneven surface, falling down, participating in sports that require cutting actions or rolling and twisting of the foot, and during sports activities, someone else may step on your foot while you are running, causing your foot to twist or roll to the side.
Signs to watch for are :
Treatment can be broken into different stages. Firstly we want to protect the injury with rest and inflammation control. Secondly we work at restoring range of motion and strength to the ankle. Lastly we organise a gradual return to your activities this will be aimed at improving not only strength and range but also proprioception, endurance and agility.
Imaging (x-ray, ultrasound or MRI) may be required for further investigations to determine to the extent to your injury. Your Physiotherapist or Podiatrist can organise this for you.
Occasionally a boot may be fitted in severe circumstances- this is why you should not attempt to manage a moderate or severe ankle sprain at home.
Footwear changes may be required for chronically unstable ankles, along with possible use of orthotics to deal with poor foot biomechanics that place increased stress on the ankle.
If you would like to learn more about our services, or have some questions regarding our treatment options in our Mount Lawley clinic, feel free to give us a call.
You can reach us at (08) 9271 8805 and one of our friendly team members will be happy to answer your questions.