Ankle Sprains


Sudden changes in direction

Ankle instability

Slips and trips

Hypermobility syndrome

Ill fitting footwear

More commonly involves the ligaments of the outside of the ankle, which are usually injured in a twisting or rolling manor.

Often ankle sprains may ‘heal’ with rest and ice however research shows that without proper treatment the tissues involved never fully heal and are highly likely to re-injure (Hubbard and Hicks 2008). When the ligaments are sprained they need to heal, the body produces collagen to heal the damaged area however, this can be laid down incorrectly by the body and lead to scarring or scar tissue. This tissue is relatively inflexible and weak increasing the likelihood of re-injuring and pain in the area.

After a sprain the ligaments are lax again increasing the likelihood of injury. Gradual increases in load and resistance strengthens the ligaments preparing them for activity or a return to sport.
The ankle area itself is vital for balance reactions and maintaining our stability (proprioception), after ankle sprains this is greatly reduced and exercises are needed to target problem. Without this the whole body stability can be affected with knock-on effect at the knees, hips and even lower back.

How LRS Physiotherapy
can help you:

Soft tissue massage; to promote collagen layering, blood flow and healing

Soft tissue mobilisation; Reduces scar tissue formation

Kinesiology taping; Swelling control, muscle activation, functional activities

Electrotherapy; Increase healing, reduce pain

Taping; To offload inflamed areas and prevent future injuries

Early stage rehab; range of motion restoration

Intermediate stage rehab; strength training

Return to function/ sport; specific exercises for you individual needs

Injury prevention

Research has shown that starting rehabilitation early, through an accelerated exercise programme improves function, meaning a quicker return to; sport, work and pain-free living. (Bleakley et al 2010).