The most common type of ankle sprain occurs when the foot rolls over on the outside. This can occur during sporting activities even stepping down from the kerb.
This affects the ligaments on the outside but in some situations it may cause counter bruising on the other side. Depending on the severity of the sprain the ligaments can either be over stretched or torn. The degree of swelling, bruising and pain is a good indication of the degree of injury and simple ligament tests performed by the physiotherapist will confirm the likely outcome. A simple stretch may settle within a few weeks and with external support through taping, you may be able to return to training very quickly. A tear will be more painful especially on weight bearing and may take weeks to heal. A return to sport will involve treatment for pain relief and progressive strength and proprioceptive training to regain fitness. Our expert physiotherapists will help you through the acute stages and show you what exercises can be done to return to full function.