How to treat a sprained ankle? Part 1

Ankle injuries are one of the most common injuries that we see in our physiotherapy clinics at Southend and Chelmsford.

They can occur doing something as simple as walking along the pavement and stepping on an uneven piece of ground. But more commonly they occur playing sports such as football, basketball, netball, cricket, rugby, tennis and hockey.

It is not unusual for a sprained ankle to cause a break in one of the bones of the ankle such as the fibula or tibia.

Ankle Fracture

 

The picture above shows a fracture of the fibula which is the bone on the outside of the ankle. These need to help of accident and emergency with some of them requiring surgery. This can involve pins and plates being inserted to maintain alignment of the bones of the ankle whilst healing is occurring.

 

However, most ankle sprains involve  injury to the lateral ankle ligaments with the majority of them being injury to the ATFL ligament. Research shows up to >70% of ankle injuries involve this ligament.

ankle lig

Correct early management of ankle ligament injuries is vital. If no break is present this usually involves a period of rest, ice and offloading. Part 2 will provide more detail of how we manage this injury in our clinic.

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