Lateral Ankle Ligament Sprain

LATERAL ANKLE LIGAMENT SPRAIN

What is Lateral Ankle Ligament Sprain?

Frequently referred to as “rolling, twisting or spraining”, the soles of your foot rolls inwards injuring the outside ankle ligaments.

Causes:

Losing balance, stress from awkward loading or force can lead to Lateral Ankle Ligament Sprain.

Signs & Symptoms:

Immediate lateral ankle pain, swelling and bruising over the following 2 to 3 days, pain on weight-bearing.

Treatment:

With early diagnosis and intervention, these injuries respond well to PRICE initially (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation), in combination with stability taping and crutches. Advice and education regarding gradual weight bearing can be beneficial early, before undertaking a progressive exercises program thereafter to ensure full recovery and minimise the risk of re-aggravation.

Prognosis:

Depending on the severity, common sprains can be anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks, more severe, complete ligament tears may take up to 10 to 12 weeks to heal.