Management is guided by the severity of injury and other associated injury. A physiotherapist is highly skilled to accurately assess and diagnose this. They will also be able to determine and give you a referral if you require any further investigations (ie. X-ray).
Acute management (initial 48hours) is aimed at reducing pain and inflammation, and preventing further stress of the injured ligaments. This should include your RICE management:
After the acute setting, it is important to abolish any swelling, restore full range of movement, restore strength and balance. This will aid a return to sport or normal activity quickly and as well as aiming to prevent further injury.
A physio can guide your rehabilitation:
- In the acute stages provide support (taping, camwalker/moonboot, crutches)
- Hands-on management (including massage, dry needling, stretching, mobilization) to help reduce swellling and restore range of movement
- Progressive strengthening program
- Balance and proprioception training
- Gait, running and jumping re-training
Correct and thorough rehabilitation will ensure you return safely to your chosen activity and prevent future problems with your ankle.