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My ankle still hurts, months after I sprained it. Why?

13th Jun, 2022

So what if I have sprained my ankle?

An ankle sprain can lead to laxity or even tears in the surrounding ligaments that stabilise the ankle. If you experienced an ankle sprain, there is a likelihood that you may develop a condition called “chronic ankle instability”. However, not every ankle sprain will result in chronic ankle instability.

Individuals who have chronic ankle instability are prone to repeated episodes of ankle sprains. In addition, they may feel that their ankle is “giving way”. Ankle sprains are complex, and there is no simple ankle sprain. When it progresses to chronic instability, this potentially becomes more serious because the chance for developing ankle arthritis is much increased, as well as the chance of recurrent sprains.

When should you seek help for an ankle sprain?

You should make an appointment to see us in our clinic if the following apply to you:

  • You feel unstable in your ankles
  • You often twist or sprain your ankles
  • You feel that your ankles are “giving way”
  • You find that you often fall because of a lack of control in your ankles

Ankle sprain healing slowly

If you feel that your ankle is not healing as fast as it seems, please do not wait to come and see us. Chronic ankle instability may require a coordinated approach of a Podiatrist and a Physiotherapist to get you back doing what you love to do. Proper rehabilitation of the ankle after an ankle sprain has been shown to reduce the risk of reinjury by more than 50%1.

Ankle sprain rehabilitation

Apart from strengthening your ankle and lower limb, foot orthotics can help by stabilising your foot, and improve ankle stability.

First, several tests and assessments will be conducted to evaluate the extent of instability and/or weakness. Proper protection for your ankle can also be recommended during the healing and recovery process. A specific ankle sprain exercise programme can be designed for you to improve balance, strength and flexibility of the ankle. Specific customised insoles can also be prescribed for you to stabilise the ankle and prevent occurrences of future sprains. 

If you feel that you have unstable ankles, or they give way, or if you frequently sprain your ankles, do not hesitate to reach out, and we can help you from there! Book now to find out how our Rehab Centre Podiatrist or Physiotherapist is able to help you! 

Ref:

Wagemans, J., Bleakley, C., Taeymans, J., Schurz, A.P., Kuppens, K., Baur, H. and Vissers, D., 2022. Exercise-based rehabilitation reduces reinjury following acute lateral ankle sprain: A systematic review update with meta-analysis. PloS one, 17(2), p.e0262023.

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