What is it? An ankle sprain is essentially a partial dislocation of the ankle joint. Most people report ‘rolling’ their ankle on uneven ground or landing awkwardly from a jump.
The most common form of ankle sprain is a lateral (inversion) which results in tearing of the outer ankle ligaments.
Less common is the medial (eversion) ankle sprain which involves the deltoid ligament on the inside of the ankle. This ligament is extremely strong and well attached and therefore commonly with this injury a fracture of the medial malleolus occurs.
The final type of ankle sprain is a high (syndesmotic), this is the least common but most problematic with recovery. It involves a fibrous joint called the syndesmosis. Ligaments and connective tissues stabilise the two leg bones with little mobility available. Immediate diagnosis and treatment is integral for rapid recovery of this injury.
Signs and symptoms:
As soon as possible after injury the principles of PRICE (protection, rest, ice, compression, elevation) should be applied to reduce pain and limit swelling.
Make an appointment with our podiatrist today to start your recovery. This may involve footwear advice, muscle rehabilitation, myofascial release and/or orthotic therapy.