Ankle sprains (and foot problems)
Ankle injuries are among the most common injuries to sporting and non-sporting people and are responsible for over 300,000 visits to A&E each year. Most ankle injuries involve ‘going over’ on the ankle, causing injury to the ligaments and tendons on the outside of the ankle. A simple ankle injury generally heals well over a period of 4-6 weeks.
In the early stages you should follow the RICE advice on Recent Injury Management. It is important to rehabilitate the ankle properly, especially in the sporting population, to prevent prolonged symptoms and the risk of recurrence. Although initially quite painful, you should be able to put some weight through the foot/ ankle. If you cannot put any weight through the foot/ ankle it may be advisable to have an X-ray taken.
In order to protect an ankle following injury it is important to perform increasingly challenging exercises to re-educate the muscles of the ankle to do their job properly. The Physiotherapist will teach you a progressive regime of exercises. Other treatment can include –
- Soft tissue manipulation
- Advice on return to sport/ hobbies
Even on a severely sprained ankle, we would expect significant improvement at 6 weeks post injury.
Other foot and ankle problems we treat are;
- Calcaneal Spur
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bunion (Hallux Valgus)