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Elevate Physiotherapy

Ankle Sprain

What is the condition?

We all know what ankle sprains are. What you may now know is all ankle sprains are actually some kind of ligament tear. Mild ankle sprain is when the ligament is not torn yet and is merely stretched. As it gets more severe, the degree of tear is increased until eventually you get a complete tear of the ligament.

How do you get it?

Most of the time, your ankle is sprained because you landed on the side of your foot and you roll the foot. This causes your ligament to overstretch. Depending on whether you have previous sprains before or how big of an impact you had when you landed, you may or may not tear the ligament.

If you are someone who gets a lot of ankle sprains, one of the contributing factors may be your foot posture or improper footwear.

What problems does it cause?

Leaving frequent ankle sprains alone can lead to ankle instability. When you get to this stage, you may even get your ankle give way during simple activities such as walking. Over the long run, you may then develop arthritis at the ankle.

What is this treatment?

There are 3 stages to treating ankle sprains:

  • Reduce swelling
  • Restore strength
  • Restore balance

Manual therapy, Cold therapy, and exercise therapy will be utilised to treat ankle sprain.

How does it work?

To reduce the swelling, your physiotherapist will do an oedema massage to help drain the swelling to complement the cold therapy. Once the swelling is reduced, your therapist will then commence you on a strengthening program and a program to improve your balance.

How Elevate physiotherapy does this treatment?

At Elevate Physiotherapy, we assess your foot and ankle posture thoroughly to determine the actual cause of why you are getting ankle sprains. We will try to get to the root cause of the problem and work with you to achieve your treatment goals.

What is the process of getting this treatment like? (preparation, duration, any pain during it, time taken, etc)

What is the process of getting this treatment like? (preparation, duration, any pain during it, time taken, etc)

Any post-procedure pain or downtime? What is the aftercare like?

You should avoid doing activities that require a lot of impact through your feet while your ankle is recovering. You will need to ice until the swelling disappears.

What results to expect

Your treatment should take about 4-6 weeks to take its full effect. It may be longer if you have ankle instability.