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Ankle Sprains

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Ankle Sprain

This is a common injury that occurs when the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint are stretched or torn. Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bones and provide stability to joints. The severity of an ankle sprain can vary from mild to severe, depending on the extent of ligament damage.


  • Ankle sprains often result from sudden twisting or rolling of the ankle, leading to overstretching or tearing of the ligaments.
  • Common causes include sports injuries, uneven surfaces, and awkward landings.

Ligament Injury:

  • The ligaments most affected in an ankle sprain are the lateral ligaments, including the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL), calcaneofibular ligament (CFL), and posterior talofibular ligament (PTFL).
  • In more severe sprains, multiple ligaments may be involved.


  • Pain: Immediate pain at the time of injury.
  • Swelling: Swelling around the ankle, often within the first few hours.
  • Bruising: Discoloration due to bleeding under the skin.
  • Instability: Feeling of looseness or instability in the ankle.
  • Limited Range of Motion: Difficulty moving the ankle through its normal range.
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How We Can Help

It’s important to seek professional advice and evaluation as severe cases may require imaging (X-rays, MRI) to assess the extent of ligament damage. Neglecting proper care may lead to chronic ankle instability and an increased risk of future sprains.

At our clinic, after the initial assessment to rule out other possible conditions, our experienced physiotherapists will tailor your treatment to your specific needs. A Chartered Physiotherapist has an extensive tool-box of methods to utilise such as hands-on techniques (manual therapy), ultrasound, acupuncture (needle, laser or electric) and strapping/taping.

Alongside the above treatments,  a progressive strengthening/stretching program will be prescribed to help improve strength and reduce muscle tightness. The above factors are crucial to every patient’s recovery and in avoiding recurrence of your condition.

You can book an appointment on the following link or call us if you need some advice before booking in.