Many people experience a rolled ankle at some point in their lives. It can be the result of a sudden turn in sport, a bad step off the sidewalk or even just tripping over thin air.
Most ankle injuries that we see at Physiologix occur when the person rolls their ankle inward putting a large amount of stress on the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Ligaments connect bone to bone, and in the ankle, the most commonly injured ligament is called the ATFL (anterior talo-fibular ligament). This ligament connects the outer shin bone (the fibula) to the foot.
Depending on whether your injury involves one or more ligaments and if you’ve hurt any other surrounding tissues, these injuries can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks up to a year for recovery. Unfortunately after you’ve injured your ankle once, you are far more likely to do it again. Literature suggests that after injuring the ankle that it can take anywhere up to 9-12 months for the ankle to have full joint awareness back. So it is really important to do the homework that your physio recommends!!
In addition to giving you a series of graded exercises to get your ankle strong again, our physios at Physiologix can also provide a variety of other treatments to help get you back moving. This can include hands-on treatment to help reduce swelling, ensure the joints are moving optimally and manage your pain. They can also strap up your ankle or fit you for an ankle brace to provide support and stability as you build up the strength in your ankle. Depending on your injury, your physio will tailor your rehab program accordingly.
If you need any help with a sprained ankle, or if you’re looking for a good solid ankle brace to help you return to sport, come in and see us at Physiologix, upstairs at the Gap Health and Racquet Club or give us a call on 3511 1112. Alternatively you can email us from our website contact us page. We’ll help you get back on the road to recovery.