The ligaments of the ankle are located on the outside (lateral ligament) and on the inside (medial ligament) of the ankle. They assist in providing balance and stability. The ligaments can be torn or sprained if there is a sudden force resulting in over stretching these ligaments.Book A Consultation
If you tear or sprain the ligaments you may have immediate swelling around the ankle and may or may not be able to walk depending on how large the tear is. You should consult our practitioners immediately for assessment and management to reduce injury time.
Some symptoms include:
A proportion of ankle injuries however involve other structures within the ankle such as bone, tendon and cartilage inside the ankle (articular cartilage). This can lead to a longer recovery time and result in a troublesome ankle beyond 3-6 months. Rehabilitation following ankle injury is advised to commence immediately to get the best outcome and our Physiotherapists follow you through to the completion of your program. Occasionally (but rarely) surgery is considered for reconstructing the ankle ligaments.
We recommend an immediate Physiotherapy assessment to assist in diagnosing your ankle injury. Also commencing Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE) immediately for 72 hours. Use crutches if unable to weight bear without pain
Other forms of treatment include: