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Ankle Sprains

What is Ankle Sprain?

It is an injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists or turns in an awkward way. Ankle sprains vary in severity, from mild to complete rupture of the ankle ligament(s).

I twisted my ankle. Do I need to see a Physiotherapist if I have applied first aid treatments?

Yes. First aid treatments, popularly called RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) or PRICE (Prevent further injury, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) are used to reduce swelling and pain. They don’t improve your muscle strength, proprioception and functions around your ankle as these injuries can reoccur again if poorly managed.

A Physiotherapist will assess the severity of the injury, check how unstable your ankle is, check for significant tenderness over the bones of your ankle, see how painful and difficult it is for you to walk, ankle possibly refer you for an x-ray to rule out fracture.

Do some people recover from an ankle sprain without physiotherapy?

Yes, but they have a high risk of reinjury. One of the goals of physiotherapy is to prevent reinjury.

Does an ankle sprain become a chronic condition?

Yes. It commonly presents as chronic ankle instability, which occurs when an ankle sprain did not heal adequately or was not rehabilitated completely resulting in repeated ankle sprains.

My ankle gives way when I walk, what do I do?

This is a common symptom when you have ankle instability. It becomes worse when you walk on uneven grounds or when you wear high heels. It is also common in people who have had an ankle sprain before and did not fully rehabilitate it. It may be due to under or over-pronation, or due to weak ligaments around your ankle. Seeing a Physiotherapist for a complete assessment of your ankle and for a specific treatment plan would be your best resort.

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