The ankle joint is another part of the body we tend to injure more frequently. It’s made up of four bones shaped to make the joint stable.
Increased stability of the joint is provided by ligaments, which are bands of strong, fibrous tissue that steadily guide movement.
Sprains to the ankle, where the ligaments are torn, are one of the most common sporting injuries we see today. Other common injuries to the ankle are stress fractures and Achilles Tendonitis.
But it’s not just sportsmen and women who suffer ankle injuries. A serious and painful ankle injury can be just as easily sustained by rolling your ankle while walking down the street. Sometimes it’s just bad luck.
What causes ankle pain?
Most sports can be harsh on the ankles. Any activity requiring jumping, turning and twisting, such as basketball, netball and football; as well as explosive changes of direction, are particularly vulnerable to ankle sprains.
How long is the recovery process?
Following an ankle sprain, the ankle joint may become unstable and take a long time to recover. Sprains are graded on a scale of 1 to 3 (mild, moderate, and severe) that are classified by the degree of tearing to the ligaments.
Most ankle sprains heal within 2 to 6 weeks, however severe sprains many take as long as 12 weeks.
Sportsmen and women with significant sprains (Grade 2 or 3) are advised to use bracing or protective taping when playing sport for a minimum of 6 to 12 months post injury.
What kind of treatment do you need?
The physiotherapists at Primary Physio offer a comprehensive rehabilitation program that minimises the chance of the injury recurring. The program typically includes flexibility, strengthening, balance, and stretching.