Your ankle joint connects your foot with your lower leg & three ligaments keep your ankle bones from shifting out of place. A sprained ankle occurs when one of these ligaments is stretched too far or torn.
Anything that stretches your ankle more than it’s used to can hurt a ligament. This usually happens when your foot is turned inward or twisted, such as when you:
- Plant your foot the wrong way when running or stepping up or down or even doing normal things like getting out of bed.
- Step on an uneven surface, like in a hole
- Step on someone else’s foot while playing a sport.
A sprained ankle is painful. Other symptoms may include:
- Tenderness to touch
- Instability of the ankle—this may occur when there has been complete tearing of the ligament or complete dislocation of the ankle joint.
The severity of ankle sprains can vary from mild to severe. If you are unable to walk on your foot then the injury is likely to be severe and require an x-ray to rule out a fracture.
Certain exercises can significantly help in the recovery of a mild to moderately sprained ankle & these can be carried out at home. Watch registered Evans Osteopath Matthew Judge demonstrate the top 3 exercises to initially rehabilitate an ankle sprain after rolling it.
Please contact us if you are unable to walk on your foot or do these exercises without a lot of pain, as it may be a sign that you have a fracture.
Click on the link provided here to watch our brilliant Osteopath Matthew Judge demonstrate the top 3 exercises to initially rehabilitate an ankle sprain after rolling it https://vimeo.com/406092469