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“It’s just ankle sprain, I’ll be fine, I’ve had one before..”. Sound familiar?
Ankle sprains are commonly thought of as an innocuous injury that will heal over time. They are not so simple!
Ankle sprains are the single most common sports injury. Approximately 25% of all sports injuries are ankle injuries, 85% of which involve the ligaments of the lateral (outside) ankle. The risk of re-injuring a sprained ankle is doubled in the 12 months following the initial sprain. 40% of first-time ankle sprainers report signs of chronic ankle instability (CAI) at 12 moths post injury. In 50% of repeat ankle sprains, longer term disability, pain or instability may be experienced, and require prolonged medical care. 2 years post ankle sprain 74% of people report the persistence of at least one symptom, and 3 years post sprain 15-45% report a lack of full recovery.
Why are ankle sprains such a big problem? Why do so many people have ongoing issues after a sprain? Recent research shows that less than 7% of people who sprain their ankles get physio treatment in the first 30 days post injury. It is the most under-treated injury!
Still think ankle sprains are simple?
Risk Factors for ankle sprain:
- the biggest risk factor for a “rolled” ankle is a, poorly managed, previous ankle sprain
- recent research in soccer players has shown that weakness in the muscles on the outside of the hip increases the risk of spraining your ankle
Ankle sprains are described as the partial or complete tear of the ligaments that support the ankle. Ligaments are the strong bands of tissue that connect bone to bone and stabilise joints. A stable joint prevents excessive wear and tear, and allows the muscles to work at an optimal level to produce movement.
With the right advice and treatment most sprains can heal well. Correctly directed, and comprehensive rehabilitation can assist you to successfully and confidently return to sport, significantly reduce the chance of a repeat injury, and prevention of chronic ankle instability (CAI). While rest, ice, compression, elevation (R.I.C.E) is used in the initial stages of a sprain, it is not the whole story. At My Physio, we have advanced methods for treatment and prevention of ankle injuries, using the latest evidence to help our clients reach the best level of performance possible. This includes individualised early management and treatment, through to return to sport, and prevention strategies including the latest ankle taping methods, balance and motor control training.
Research has clearly proven that taping and/or bracing, combined with specific ankle balance and strength training is the best strategy for prevention of recurrent ankle sprain, and their potentially disabling long term effects. In addition, balance and strength training may reduce your chance of sustaining an initial sprain!
Don’t let an ankle sprain derail your sport and exercise ambitions. My Physio are here to help keep you on track. If you would like more information on ankle sprains, or to book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists to optimise your rehabilitation and performance please call our friendly reception team on 9570 7181.
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