👣 Lateral Ankle Sprains 👣
💥 Only 50% of individuals who suffer a lateral ankle sprain seek medical attention
💥 40% of all traumatic ankle injuries occur during sports.
💥 1-4 years later up to 55% report instability.¹
Ankle sprain / injuries are classified into three categories:
▪️grade I (mild),
▪️grade II (moderate),
▪️grade III (severe).
Chronic ankle instability may be defined as persistent pain, swelling and/or giving way with recurrent sprains for at least 12 months after the initial ankle sprain.¹
Risk factors that may predispose you to a lateral ankle sprain can be classified as either intrinsic or extrinsic. Extrinsic factors include certain sports 🏀 or environmental characteristics. Basketball, indoor volleyball, field sports, and climbing have been shown to have the highest incidence of ankle sprains.¹
Modifiable intrinsic risk factors include limited ankle range of motion, reduced proprioception, deficiencies in postural control/balance, and reduced strength.💪 These modifiable risk factors should be identified and included in a prevention or rehabilitation programme to mitigate the risk for recurrent sprains.¹ ✅
Research has shown that 3-5 days of rest, ice, compression and elevation with early weight bearing, after which active exercise is commenced, leads to the fastest resumption of work and daily activities. Exercise therapy 🏃 has also been shown to enhance the efficacy of manual joint mobilisation. 👐 Use of a functional support ie bracing or taping (4-6 weeks) and exercise therapy provides better outcomes when compared with immobilisation.¹
Surgery 🙅 is generally only advised for patients that require quick recovery ie professional athletes, or whose complaints are not resolved by conservative treatment. To reduce the development of long-term injury-associated symptoms, it’s important to obtain adequate diagnosis and treatment.¹
1️⃣ Vuurberg G, Hoorntje A, Wink LM, et al Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ankle sprains: update of an evidence-based clinical guideline Br J Sports Med 2018;52:956.
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