Lateral Ankle Sprains

Lateral Ankle Sprains

The ligaments surrounding the ankle joints provide passive stability, limiting range of movement to provide the necessary stability required. The ligaments run from bone to bone.

Injury to the lateral ankle is usually a combination of plantar flexion (toes pointed) with inversion (foot rolling inwards). Damage occurs when the force applied to the ligaments exceeds their ability to absorb and withstand the force – thus resulting in tissue damage. Ankle sprains are graded from 1-3 depending on how much damage occurs to the ligaments within the ankle.

The severity of the injury may dictate the signs and symptoms. You may experience some of the following;

  • Tenderness over the lateral ligaments to touch
  • Reduced ankle range of motion without pain
  • Bruising
  • Inability to walk and weight-bear
  • Pain and swelling – usually worse at the end of the day
  • Reduced balance
  • Pain with activity, especially running, kicking, jumping  activities

Poorly managed ankle injuries can lead to delayed healing, extended time away from sports, and persistent problems such as chronic ankle instability. It is therefore essential to have a sprained ankle assessed and treated by a health professional for optimal outcomes. Darwin Podiatry is experienced in the assessment and treatment of all lower limb concerns. Please call us on 89419955 to book an appointment today.

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