Ankle Sprain

Do you always sprain your ankle?

Living with an ankle sprain can be a pain. Whether you’re a dancer who always falls off pointe, a footballer who consistently lands awkwardly, or simply someone who stumbles frequently on uneven surfaces?

Studies indicate that 40% of ankle sprains are recurrent and can lead to chronic ankle instability. However if the injuries are identified early, a thorough exercise program can reduce recurrence by up to 60%.

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments supporting the ankle are overstretched and damaged due to poor foot placement.  The severity can range from a grade 1 sprain to a potential avulsion fracture (full detachment of a ligament from bone).  It often also occurs when the foot and ankle are in a position of weakness and vulnerability; a common example is being on pointe in ballet shoes.

What do I do if I sprain my ankle?

The first thing to do with any sprain to a joint is to follow the RICE method;

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

This assists in reducing inflammation of the area and allowing tissues to heal.  Once swelling has reduced, it is important to start normal weight bearing activities again.  This also contributes to the healing process, and in regaining full range of motion.

Why does it keep happening?

More often than not, ankle sprains aren’t rehabilitated correctly. Or as commonly occurs in the sporting industry, the individual often returns to sport too soon without adequate recovery.

When returning to sport or daily life after an ankle sprain, it is important to understand that conservative management greatly assists the overall healing process.

At Williamstown Health and Lifestyle, our key injury management target areas include:

  • Range of motion
  • Strength
  • Balance

If you need help managing an old or new injury, come visit us at Williamstown Health and Lifestyle, where we can get you back doing the things you love as soon as possible!

Thank you to our very own Osteo Liz for writing this article. Liz is an international Irish dancing champion. So if you have a dancing related injury come and have a free 15 min assessment with her.