For any football (soccer) fans out there following the Euros or if you’ve increased your running and outdoor exercise due to the recent lockdown, one of the most common injuries that we’re seeing in the clinic are ankle sprains.
The ankle joint is a hinge joint which connects your tibia and fibula to the talus. Ankles have heaps of supporting ligaments that reinforce the ankle joint which gives us our stability especially with any tasks involving one leg like balancing or changing direction. The most commonly sprained ligament are on the lateral (outside) which include the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL), calcaneofibular ligament (CFL) and posterior talofibular ligament (PTFL).
But how does one sprain their ankle and how should it be managed? Excellent question and the answers may even surprise you! Stay tuned to find out more about how you can initially best treat your ankle sprain and how we assess and manage ankle injuries in the clinic.
If you’ve sprained your ankle, be sure to consult one of our Physiotherapists ASAP so recovery is not delayed and you’re back on the pitch or doing what you love!
By: Daniel Chichian