Ankle Sprain

Harris & Ross regularly see patients who present with ankle sprains. From rolling it whilst walking to twisting it playing football- it can be the resultant injury from a wide variety of activities.  With our help, the symptoms of ankle sprains can be alleviated and we can get you back on your feet. Find out more about the condition and how we treat it here-

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain refers to injury of the strong fibrous bands of tissue called ligaments, which hold the bones of the ankle together.  These ligaments give stability to the ankle joint helping stop too much movement from occurring.


Normally they are injured with twisting, rolling or turning the ankle, taking it past its normal range of movement; this excessive movement puts great strain on the ligaments causes them to tear.

There are a number of ligaments around the ankle that provide it with support and stability. The most frequently injured are those found on the outside of the ankle – the lateral ligaments.

Injury severity can vary from causing ligaments to stretch, partly tear or totally rupture.


Signs and symptoms

May include:

  • Hearing an audbile snap, crack or tear at the time of injury
  • Pain on weight-bearing
  • Ankle may feel unstable
  • Pain with ankle movements
  • Swelling may appear rapidly or be delayed a few hours
  • Bruising


Management of Ankle Sprains

Management will vary depending on the severity. A large number will manage with physiotherapy rehabilitation and treatment alone. Some will require immobilisation in a boot for a period before commencing physiotherapy. Some will require surgical stabilisation.


How can physio help?

Commonly following an ankle sprain the joint becomes restricted in range of motion, muscles around the ankle and as far up to the hip become weak.  Balance also becomes impaired. Physiotherapy is essential following an ankle sprain to correct these deficits through helping:


  • Manage swelling and reducing pain
  • Restoring range of movement
  • Regaining muscle strength and balance
  • Gait re-education
  • Prescribing a progressive, sport-specific exercise program


Inappropriate management and failing to treat an ankle sprain effectively first off can lead to complications down the line including persistent sprains, pain and instability, and ultimately Osteo-Arthritis.

Following an initial assessment we will discuss the issue that caused your ankle sprain and help you decide the most suitable treatment and management plan for you.

To make an appointment for an initial physio assessment at our Manchester, Wilmslow, Altrincham or Wigan clinics, and discuss a treatment plan call Harris & Ross on 0161 832 9000 or click the book now icon below.