One of the most common lower limb injuries is a sprained ankle or “rolled ankle.”
Ankle sprains happen when the ligaments around the ankle joint stretch or tear in response to a force such as the foot forcefully rolling underneath you.
Ankle sprains vary in severity but usually cause pain, swelling and reduced movement of the ankle and surrounding tissues such as the calf.
If you have recently sprained your ankle you should begin the RICE method straight away - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
Remember to never put ice directly on your skin to avoid ice burns as this will prolong the recovery. If you need pain relief beyond what ice can provide please speak to your GP about what medications might be appropriate.
Early treatment is very important to ensure your ankle recovers fully so be sure to book in with one of our physiotherapists to restore normal function and prevent ongoing issues.
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Common Causes of a Sprained Ankle
A sprained ankle can occur a number of different ways. A sprain is a result of your ankle suddenly moving out of its normal position, putting strain on the ligaments in your ankle. Causes might include:
Walking or exercising on an uneven surface
Jumping and then landing awkwardly on your foot
Someone stepping or landing on your foot when exercising