An ankle sprain is a very common injury. It may occur during sports, running, or even simply walking on uneven ground. Symptoms include swelling, bruising, point tenderness, and pain with weight bearing.
The most common mechanism of injury is sudden and uncontrolled supination (rolling the ankle). Muscle tightness or strength imbalances can also contribute to injury. It may also be the result of improper footwear.
Your Advantage PT will evaluate you to determine the specific tissues that have been injured — whether muscle, tendon, ligament, or bone – and help identify the underlying cause of the injury. She/he may decide that further examination or imaging (x-ray or MRI) by an orthopedic specialist is indicated.
Treatment by a physical therapist will include:
- Soft tissue mobilization and restorative massage to damaged tissues
- Range of motion mobilizations and exercises to restore full functional mobility
- Stabilization and strengthening exercises to prevent re-injury
- Footwear or orthotic recommendations