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
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.
There are three levels of severity of ankle sprain that a person can experience:
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
This means that walking and weight-bearing on the injured
ankle is a strict no until medical clearance has been provided.
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
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).