Spotlight on Ankle Injuries
INTRODUCTION TO ANKLE INJURIES
This series on injuries serves to highlight a few common, every-day injuries and provide some background. Any physical damage should be dealt with by a medical practitioner or trained physiotherapist, who will recommend if any specialist intervention is required. This is not an exhaustive list and does not contain comprehensive detail.
The selection of injuries will be added to on an ad hoc, but regular basis.
A quick look at ankle injuries
Ankle injuries are perhaps one of the most common sports-related injuries seen by physiotherapists. Usually a result of a forced or awkward movement (like ladies falling off their high heels), the complex of ligaments on the outer side of the ankle is torn by varying degrees.
Although the resulting sprained ankle is a relatively non-threatening injury, inadequate rehabilitation can lead to a chronically painful ankle, reduced functional ability and increased likelihood of re-injury.
When having your ankle checked out, movements such as lunges and hopping will be included in the assessment to establish the extent of the injury.
Additional tests should also be carried out to exclude the possibility of the following, less common injuries:
- Ankle fracture
- Damage to the inside or medial ligament
- Dislocated ankle
- Other soft tissue damage (tendons, muscle strain
When there is no more pain, you should be able to do the following activities pain-free:
- Hopping on one leg
- Figure of 8 running
If returning to sports, ideally wear an ankle brace or tape the ankle for a further 6 months to provide external support.