Ankle Sprain Symptoms – What to Expect

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Ankle Sprain Symptoms – What to Expect

Unsure what to expect with ankle sprain symptoms?

Ankle sprain symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the sprain and how much soft tissue damage has been done, but your ankle may present with the following…

  • Swelling: this can vary from a small amount to a lot of swelling and can last from a few days to several months.
  • Bruising: this can appear around the ankle, down the foot, even up the calf
  • Pain with movement or putting weight through the ankle
  • Joint stiffness and reduced range of movement
  • Warmth and redness of the ankle
  • Reduced balance

Management of Your Ankle Sprain Symptoms by your physiotherapist.

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Make sure you visit a physiotherapist or doctor after the injury. They can assess whether an x-ray is appropriate to rule out any fractures. They will also be able to assess how severe the sprain is and manage the injury appropriately.

Research has shown that early physiotherapy can improve outcomes after an ankle injury.

Treatments can consist of advice on activity, joint mobilisations, oedema massage, exercise physiotherapy to strengthen the ankle and improve balance, and also strapping. It is extremely important to work on the balance and strength of your ankle, as studies have shown that the recurrence rate for lateral ankle sprains has been reported to be as high as 80%. (1, 2)

Interested in learning more? See Pivotal Motion Physiotherapy’s blog on RICER for early soft tissue management and find more information on ankle sprain symptoms on our foot and ankle page.

If you think you may have suffered an ankle sprain, get in touch with our physio Brisbane team for a consultation today.

1. Hertel J. Functional instability following lateral ankle sprain. Sports Med. May 2000;29(5):361-71.
2. Safran MR, Benedetti RS, Bartolozzi AR 3rd, Mandelbaum BR. Lateral ankle sprains: a comprehensive review: part 1: etiology, pathoanatomy, histopathogenesis, and diagnosis. Med Sci Sports Exerc. Jul 1999;31(7 Suppl):S429-37.

Updated 29/05/2020

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