How to manage an ankle sprain

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How to manage an ankle sprain

So last week I was running on a mud track training for a trail run and went over on my ankle. I felt pain straight away but decided to keep running. Then after 100 meters the Physio voice in my head screamed “what are you doing?” So I stopped jogging and walked home. We see a lot of people spraining their ankles in the clinics at Compass Physio in Castlecomer (Kilkenny) and Tullyallen (Louth), so here are the top tips for management of ankle sprains.

Stop – If you feel a sharp pain when you roll your ankle STOP. Continuing on an ankle sprain will just make it worse and prolong your recovery. I appreciate this can be hard but if you continue to run or take load on your ankle you may be doing lasting damage.

Rest – If it’s bad enough you may need to use crutches. However most people will hobble around for a couple of days and then start to walk normally again. Having a rest period is important to allow the swelling to resolve.

Reassess – If you haven’t had any medical attention on the day of the injury, the next day is usually a good indicator of whether you need to see someone or not. Generally if you rolled your ankle getting proper advice early on will help you return to normal activity earlier. You will also reduce your risk re injury by up to 50%

Rehab – Once you roll your ankle it’s important to do exercises in order to make it strong again. The exercises will generally start off very basic and progress with your Physio as the ligaments and tendons recover and have the ability to take load again.

Return to Sport – This can be a nervous time for most athletes returning to sport post injury. Having a proper rehab program in place will help to reduce the risk of re injury and anxiety with that first event. At Compass Physio and PMP we make our rehab programs very specific to your actual sport and even to your role within that sport.

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Colin Phillips

Chartered Physiotherapist
Compass Physio Castlecomer (Kilkenny)

2018-01-29T20:15:17+00:00

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