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Ankle Sprain

What it Effects

  • The ligaments around the ankle, most commonly the anterior talofibular ligament on the outside of the ankle

Who it Effects

  • Common in sports such as football

Mechanism of Injury

  • Twisting of the foot inwards and less commonly outwards

Signs and Symptoms

  • Depends on the degree of the sprain
  • Pain on movement and touch
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of movement


  • Crutches
  • Encourage weight bearing gradually
  • Range of movement exercises
  • Proprioception exercises
  • Ultrasound
  • Plyometric exercises
  • Theraband exercises (resistance)

Additional Information

  • It is very important to include proprioception exercises into a rehabilitation programme to reduce the likelihood of sustaining another sprain after recovery

Exercise Videos

Range of movement


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— Phil @ 8:37 pm, July 19, 2006

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