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Ankle Sprain And Ankle Pain Physiotherapy



Ankle sprain is a very common injury that is often overlooked and undermined, resulting in neglect with little to nil physiotherapy management.

At the same time, ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries that our senior physiotherapists treats in our physio clinic. Most of the time, it's caused by sports injuries, but ankle sprains can also happen due to

  • seemingly simple accidental slips or twist of the ankle
  • height differences
  • slippery flooring/footwear or
  • landing poorly

The more common type of ankle sprain is the inversion-type where the ankle is forcibly twisted inwards (inwards towards the other feet) because of the biomechanical make-up and structure of our feet and ankle. This type of injury often causes the lateral (outside) ligaments of the ankle to be overstretched, causing microtears and weaking the ligament.

The other type is the eversion-type ankle sprain where the ankle is twisted with the feet facing outwards.

ankle sprain degrees of injury

There are three levels of severity of ankle sprain that a person can experience:

  • First Degree Sprain: this is considered a mild sprain, with minor or mild micro-tear of the ligament. The patient will feel the ankle pain when their injured ankle and foot is turned inwards or outwards, as well as tenderness in the ankle where the micro-tears are

  • Second Degree Sprain: this is a moderate level of injury and sprain, with a great degree of micro-tear(s) in the affected ligaments, resulting in more pain intensity, frequency and duration as compared to the first degree sprain. It will be difficult  and painful to walk.

  • Third Degree Sprain: this level of ankle sprain often produces the most excruciating and sharp pain in the injured ankle. Walking is very, very difficult (patients tend to do "hops" using their uninjured foot to move about). There is high likelihood of ligamental rupture or ankle dislocation, depending on the level of damage, as well as presence of swelling.

What Not To Do After an ankle sprain

After an ankle sprain (or any type of ankle injury, for the matter), patients are not recommended to place any weight on the injured ankle until/unless they had seen the doctor or physiotherapists. The reason for this is because we need to ensure that there is no

  • ankle fractures
  • soft tissue ruptures/tears

This means that walking and weight-bearing on the injured ankle is a strict no until medical clearance has been provided.

Physiotherapy Management of Ankle Sprain

Acute Phase

During the acute phase, the main focus will be on

Post Acute to Full Rehab

After the swelling and pain has gone down, and once the ligament is healing better, we will progress to/continue

Things to Note

If we suspect that you have a possible ankle fracture, we will contact and correspond with the orthopedic surgeon who referred you (if you don't have, we will provide you with a list of orthopedic doctors who can help).



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At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

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