TAKE HOME MESSAGES
1. See your physio ASAP! Whether or not you believe it to be a “simple” sprain doesn’t mean that it is, you don’t want to become part of the 40% that develop chronic ankle instability after an ankle injury. One of the big factors that contributes to patients developing chronic instability is premature return to sport and not seeking medical attention.
2. Complete your rehab! It’s important to complete at least a 6 week strengthening program tailored to your individual needs and addressing the strength, range of motion and loss of proprioception components. Don’t just stop doing your rehab because you “feel better” or you’re not experiencing pain anymore.
3. Strapping and taping plays a key part of rehab, not only may it help you to feel more stable or comfortable putting weight on your ankle and returning to exercise, it plays a huge role in helping manage swelling and reduces the likelihood of you doing any more damage to your ankle. Taping can be useful in both the acute injury and the return to sport phase.
Got an ankle sprain issue that needs assessment and a rehab program?