What is a Lateral Ankle Sprain?
This is when the foot rolls inward, damaging the ligaments of the outer ankle — the anterior talofibular ligament, the calcaneofibular ligament, and the posterior talofibular ligament.
What are the different severities of an Ankle Sprain?
Risk factors for lateral ankle sprains:
Hypermobile feet e.g. due to ligamentous laxity (flexible joints)
Weak muscles surrounding the ankle
Previous ankle injury
How can we help as podiatrists?
When it is acute (i.e. at its early stages, usually Week 1-2)
Rest, ice, compress, elevate (and
Strapping and offloading including braces, moon-boots or crutches, depending on severity
Laser therapy to reduce inflammation and pain by targeting cell regeneration
Ultrasound therapy to reduce inflammation surrounding the ligaments
Rehabilitation including exercises such as: Dorsiflexion and plantarflexion/inversion and eversion, and Ankle ABCs.
Specialised footwear advice and prescriptions
When it is chronic:
As above, with addition of the following:
Shockwave therapy or dry needling to break up scar tissue and increase collagen regeneration
Interferential therapy for rehabilitation of weak lateral ankle muscles
Rehabilitation including exercises such as: Dorsiflexion and plantarflexion/inversion and eversion against resistance e.g. Theraband
Range of motion exercises including lunge stretches and heel raises
If you are suffering from chronic pain or re-injury in your ankle, what are you waiting for? Contact one of our friendly podiatrists today on 1800 778 316 if you have any questions!