Ankle Sprains

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Ankle Sprains

Lateral (outer) ankle sprains are one of the most common acute injuries that our patients present with.
Immediately after injury it is advised that an injured person contact FTSPodiatry for a Priority Injury Appointment (PIA) and in the mean time avoid factors that may increase blood flow and swelling. Eg: Heat (heat packs, hot showers), heat rubs, excessive weight-bearing.

In the first 48-72 hours avoid HARM
H – HEAT
A – ALCOHOL
R – RE-INJURY
M – MASSAGE

Immediately following an injury the PRICER protocol is advised.
P – Protection
R – Rest
I – Ice
C – Compression
E – Elevation
R – Refer

*Compression is advised over ice. Incorrect ice applications can lead to further tissue damage and/or delay healing. 

Why is it important to have my ankle sprain assessed?

Fractures and tearing of soft tissue structures (ligaments, tendons, muscles) frequently occur with ankle sprains. Damage to these structures may occur with even a small roll of the ankle.
Untreated or undertreated ankle sprains may lead to developing chronic conditions such as Chronic Ankle Instability (CAI) and osteoarthritis (OA).

How do we find out if I have broken/damaged my ankle?

Your Podiatrist will firstly assess the injured area, and if assessment suggests further investigation required your Podiatrist can refer you for diagnostic imaging.

What are some of the treatments for an ankle sprain?

Depending on the severity of your injury any of the following may be required for your short-term and long-term treatment;
– Immobilisation (Immobilisation boot, rigid ankle brace etc…)
– Compression bandages
– Diagnostic imaging
– Short & Long-term functional rehabilitation
– Laser Therapy (LLLT / Photobiomodulation)
– Joint Mobilisations
– Soft Tissue Therapy
– Orthotic Therapy
– Specialist Referral

Want more info?

Click the link below to download Forster Tuncurry Sports Podiatry’s Ankle Sprain Information Flyer

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