Symptoms of an ankle sprain that a physiotherapist
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
- 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 an ankle injury by your physiotherapist.
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.
has shown that early physiotherapy can improve outcomes after an ankle injury.
can consist of advice on activity, joint mobilisations, oedema massage,
exercise therapy to strengthen the ankle and improve balance, and also
Pivotal Motion Physiotherapy blog on RICER for early soft tissue management. More
information on ankle sprains can be found on the Pivotal Motion
Physiotherapy foot and ankle page.
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)
1. Hertel J. Functional instability following lateral ankle sprain. Sports Med.
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
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