Ankle injuries

Understanding Ankle Sprains and the Role of Physiotherapy

Ankle sprains are among the most common injuries that can occur during physical activities or everyday movements. At Body Active Physio, with convenient locations in the suburbs of Alexandria and Mascot, we specialise in helping individuals recover from ankle sprains and regain their mobility. In this guide, we will focus on ankle sprains and explain how physiotherapy can aid in the recovery process.

  1. Ankle Sprains: Causes, Symptoms, and Grades Ankle sprains typically happen when the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint are stretched or torn, usually due to sudden twists, falls, or awkward movements. The severity of an ankle sprain can be classified into three grades:
    • Grade 1: Mild sprain involving stretching of the ligaments without significant tearing. Mild pain, swelling, and slight joint instability may be present.
    • Grade 2: Moderate sprain with partial tearing of the ligaments. Moderate pain, swelling, bruising, and increased joint instability may be experienced.
    • Grade 3: Severe sprain involving complete tearing or rupture of the ligaments. Severe pain, extensive swelling, bruising, and significant joint instability may be observed.
  2. The Importance of Early Management and R.I.C.E. Managing an ankle sprain correctly in the initial stages can significantly impact the recovery process. We emphasise the importance of the R.I.C.E. protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) and provide practical tips on how to apply these principles effectively at home.
  3. The Role of Physiotherapy in Ankle Sprain Recovery Physiotherapy plays a vital role in the rehabilitation of ankle sprains. Our skilled physiotherapists offer a range of treatments and techniques tailored to individual needs, which may include:
    • Manual Therapy: Through hands-on techniques, physiotherapists help reduce pain, restore joint mobility, and improve tissue healing.
    • Exercise Prescription: Specific exercises are prescribed to strengthen the ankle and surrounding muscles, improve balance, and restore normal movement patterns.
    • Proprioception and Balance Training: These exercises help improve joint stability, reduce the risk of reinjury, and enhance overall ankle function.
    • Taping and Bracing: Our physiotherapists can provide appropriate taping or bracing techniques to support and protect the ankle during the healing process and prevent further sprains.
  4. Progression and Return to Activity We discuss the importance of a gradual and progressive return to physical activities after an ankle sprain. Our physiotherapists provide guidance on safely increasing activity levels and incorporating sports-specific movements to ensure a smooth transition back to your regular routines.

At Body Active Physio, we prioritise evidence-based treatments and do not utilise ultrasound or interferential electrode treatment for ankle sprains. Our experienced team of physiotherapists is dedicated to helping you recover from ankle sprains effectively, regain strength, and prevent future injuries. Visit our Alexandria or Mascot clinics to receive personalised care and a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for your ankle sprain. Together, we will get you back on your feet and back to an active and pain-free lifestyle!

If you a a client and we have directed you to the videos we’ve made that cover the form and technique for your ankle exercises – please click the link below.

Ankle Exercises