Have you ever sustained an ankle injury? If you have, you’re certainly not alone.

Did you know that just about anyone and get an ankle injury from something as simple an awkward footstep or slightly losing your balance?

It’s no surprise that ankle injuries are extremely common as it is the second most injured joint that we see in the practice. With most of us walking a couple of million steps in our lifetime, how could this joint not be at risk of a substantial injury?

What makes matters worse is because the ankle does provide such a pivotal role in our everyday mobility, when injury strikes, it’s extremely difficult to recovery comfortably and to rest as much as you should.

When it comes to ankle sprains, they are generally split into two different types. The first is the most common, making up for around 80% of sprains. This is known as an inversion sprain. This is when the outer, or lateral, ligaments are stretched too much. Then there’s an eversion sprain, this is less common (only 10% of sprains) and pain occurs on the inside of the ankle and surrounding soft tissue.

For the more serious grades of ankle sprains and injuries, physiotherapy is often needed to fully rehabilitate the delicate soft tissues surrounding the ankle as well as the joint itself. In most cases, stabilising ligament structures are often torn when you injure your ankle. Because of this, long-term rehabilitation program is key to restore balance, strength and power and avoid the vicious cycle of recurrent strains.

Don’t ignore ankle pain – an early assessment and treatment from the team at Progressive Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy will help you recover faster.

When you come to the practice, your physiotherapist will get to know your history and take you through a thorough assessment process to get to the cause of your pain.

We may suggest an x-ray if a fracture is suspected.

Once we have an accurate picture of your condition we:

  • talk to you about the best treatment options
  • create a personalised rehabilitation program
  • suggest exercises for you to do at home, and
  • give you strategies to manage and minimise your pain.

Progressive Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy offers a range of treatments to get your ankles back in action sooner rather than later.

  • Hands-on physiotherapy is often the best starting point to ease ankle pain
  • Massage and stretching can be key
  • Strapping to support the ankle and allow ligaments and tissues to heal

If you’ve recently suffered an ankle injury, or need an existing injury checked, contact Progressive Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy today on 47217798 or email: Alternatively, you can make an online appointment booking by clicking here.



Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.