Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are very common injuries, occurring usually whilst playing or doing sports. A sprained ankle is when one or more ligaments/structures supporting the ankle are stretched or torn. If not treated properly, long-term problems can occur as a result. The most common type of ankle sprain is the inversion sprain which causes pain along the outer side of the ankle.

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What causes an ankle sprain?

  • Participate in certain sports such as football
  • Walk/run on uneven ground
  • Wear unsuitable footwear
  • Have ankle instability
  • Have lax ligaments
  • A history of trauma to the ankle

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Pain in the ankle which can be described as throbbing
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • The ankle can feel warm to touch
  • Limp
  • Inability to move the ankle


Most people will go straight to A and E for an X-ray if they suspect a fracture. A visit to a podiatrist would begin by obtaining a thorough history, and whether or not you have suffered any previous ankle injury or sprains in the past.

Treatment would include an examination of the ankle, followed by a biomechanical assessment. The purpose of the biomechanical assessment would be to assess the function of the foot and lower limb, which if not functioning correctly could be making you more susceptible to an ankle sprain

Treatment would aim to reduce any inflammation and improve the function of the foot in order to prevent future sprains. The treatment for an ankle sprain includes:

  • R.I.C.E: rest, ice, compression, elevation
  • Anti-inflammatory advice
  • Orthoses
  • Ankle brace
  • Strength training
  • Range of motion training
  • Footwear advice
  • Activity modification
  • Proprioceptive training
  • Exercise prescription

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