An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments of the ankle are damaged. Ligaments are an elastic structure that have an ability to stretch and then go back to their normal positions. When a ligament is stretched beyond its normal range, a sprain occurs. Sprains are graded according to their severity. A severe sprain causes actual tearing of the elastic fibres of the ligament.
Possible joint instability
R is for rest. It is important to rest the injury to reduce pain and prevent further damage. The use of crutches may be advised to allow the area to heal .
I is for ICE . Applying ice and compression can ease the pain, reduce swelling, reduce bleeding (initially) and encourage blood flow (when used later).
C is for compression – This reduces bleeding and helps reduce swelling. injured ankle.
E is for Elevation – Uses gravity to reduce bleeding and swelling by allowing fluids to flow away from the site of injury.
As the area heals we at active physiotherapy can be used to assist recovery of range of motion strength and balance. This allows for a safe and speedier return to the activities you enjoy doing.
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