The foot and ankle are extremely mobile joints that allow us to ambulate over uneven terrain or with considerable speed. This mobility makes such joints prone to severe sprains and even fractures when balance is lost or we roll our ankles. They are a difficult joint to rest and swelling and/or bruising are often present as a sign of the injury.
Early assessment is key to ensuring that appropriate management is implemented to promote a speedy recovery and prevent delayed healing. Sometimes a period of immobilisation or non-weight bearing is required to promote such a recovery but is only possible when deemed necessary by your Physiotherapist, doctor or health professional. Early assessment also allows for assessing whether a fracture could be present, once assessed your doctor or Physiotherapist can recommend an XRay to confirm whether or not this is the case.
Recurrent sprains are a common complication with this joint and so long-term rehabilitation is key to prevention. Often stabilising ligament structures can be torn so implementing an appropriate rehabilitation program of balance, strength and power is invaluable in minimising recurrent sprains, especially when there is a deficiency in the ligaments.