Common Walking Injuries: Sprained Ankle

Walking in the great outdoors comes with certain risks. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a sprained ankle it is advisable to get it assessed and treated as soon as possible.

Walking in the great outdoors comes with certain risks. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a sprained ankle it is advisable to get it assessed and treated as soon as possible. If there is significant pain and you are struggling to walk on the leg, you may require an x-ray, to help rule out any damage to the bone.

Often, the injury occurs to the ligament on the outside of the ankle, known as the ATFL. Initially RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) treatment is recommended to help reduce the swelling. Physiotherapy treatment may be required to help reduce the swelling further, using ultrasound and soft tissue massage.

Taping can be of assistance in controlling the swelling and helping your mobility. We normally help to maintain and restore movement in the joint through exercises and mobilisations. You will follow a set rehabilitation programme designed specifically for you, to help restore your full function, balance, strength and movement, and get you back walking in the hills as soon as possible.

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