Ankle Pain Physio

Ankle pain and injuries are very common in all aspects of life.

Ankle pain, and more specifically lateral ankle sprains, are one of the most common injuries to occur in a wide variety of sports/activities. You could miss a step on the stairs and roll your ankle. It could happen after you land from catching a ball in a match.

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Assessing Ankle Pain

The first step in assessing an acute ankle injury is to rule out the possibility of an accompanying fracture. Although less common than a ligament sprain, these injuries do happen and there are very simple rules that can be followed to determine if an X-ray is required. 

With a ligament injury, it is important to allow healing to take place within the damaged ligament. As such, a period of relative rest will be crucial to assure that the ligament is not put any further undue stress while acutely damaged.

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How To Treat Ankle Pain

Restoration of ankle function is the first objective in physio rehabilitation. Tolerance of weight-bearing, range of motion, and normalising your gait will form this period of rehab. Patience will be tested here as they will feel like a return to sport is just around the corner. However, we know the rates of tissue healing in different tissues and ligaments will take a few weeks to sufficiently heal if there has been swelling and bruising in the days following injury.

The next stage of the rehab process will be to return strength levels to pre-injury levels or to improve them if that strength was insufficient in the first place. In addition to strength, your power and rate of muscle recruitment will need to developed through plyometric exercises and running drills.

Running and agility drills will probably be the most challenging aspect of the rehab process. These exercises will be the most demanding in terms of ankle stiffness during the acceleration and deceleration phases. A progressive, pre-planned programme should be followed as much as possible. Once you have overcome a task of a specific difficulty, you should move onto the next challenge. Variables such as speed, running surface, angle of turning, with/without ball, with/without opponent, and recovery time should all be adjusted to challenge you.

Once given the all clear to return to sport, the best evidence suggests that you should complete at least four individual training sessions prior to competing in a match. This will reduce the likelihood of reinjury significantly.

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What our customers have to say

  • Keelan helped me after a bad ankle fracture,from post-op to full recovery.  His treatment and exercise prescription ensured I did not need an ankle fusion. I have been pain-free ever since. I would highly recommend this physio in Blackrock.

  • I found BR Physiotherapy very good. I had an issue with my foot and Keelan fixed it in one session. He also helped my teenage son with an issue he had for months with his elbow. I would highly recommend BR Physiotherapy

  •  I’ve had a couple sessions with Keelan focusing on ankle mobility and strength work following ligament damage from football. Very happy with its progress and with Keelan’s detailed plans. Would highly recommend. 

  • Visited weekly for both an ankle injury and a wrist issue simultaneously. Great sessions and the online exercise programs are very helpful. Very professional and good value physio in Blackrock.

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