Ankle injury is one of the most common types of injuries that affect athletes or field game players like football. In the majority of cases, the ankle is sprained or twisted causing the injury. In other serious cases, the injury causes the joint to become unstable or there might be some broken bones. Some people are more prone to ankle sprains or foot injury due to their foot structure. In any case, physiotherapy has been proven to be quite effective to get the person recover completely and get back to his normal life.
The ankle is made up of 3 bones- tibia, fibula and talus. These three bones form a socket in which the ankle joint moves. The ligaments attach these bones together and ensure that the joint is stable and functions well. Depending on the severity of the injury, these ligaments can either be strained, partially torn or ruptured completely. Your doctor or physiotherapist will be able to ascertain the type of injury and prescribe physiotherapy accordingly.
What are the symptoms during an ankle injury?
The ankle injury is generally caused due to wrong footing, walking or running on an uneven surface or also as a result of contact injury. There are blood vessels and nerves surrounding the ligaments in the ankle. Upon injury generally, the following symptoms are observed-
- Tenderness and Swelling around the ankle
- Sometimes discoloration is also observed around the swollen ankle
- Varying degree of pain, depending upon the severity of the injury
- Ankle or joint instability upon trying to walk or stand up
How can Physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy is a proven technique recommended by doctors to help patients with ankle or foot injury get back to their normal life. Generally, when a patient comes into my clinic with an ankle injury, we first assess the extent of the injury. We prescribe the well know “RICE” technique- Rest, Icing, compression and elevation. This method not only helps in reducing pain and swelling but also assist in quick recovery. Then depending upon the ankle condition, our team of experienced physiotherapists begins the patient on therapy sessions. These sessions consist of various ankle exercises aimed at returning it to its full range of motion and preventing future injury occurrences. People who are more prone to ankle sprains due to their foot structure can also benefit from physiotherapy.
Therefore, if you are suffering from an ankle injury, feel free to contact us at 905-232-2202. You can also book an appointment online by clicking here. We have been present in Mississauga for over 14 years now and are conveniently located in the Square One area.