By rolling the ankle in one direction ligaments on the other side can be stretched.
The most common form of ankle sprain is an inversion injury (rolling the foot in), causing injury to the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.
Damage occurs when the ligaments are stretched beyond their normal length. This can be classified into 3 grades:
- Stretching of the ligament
- Partial rupture of the ligament
- Complete rupture of the ligament
Assessment by a Richmond Physiotherapy Clinic physiotherapist can determine the grade of injury and assist in pain management and rehabilitation.
If untreated, an ankle sprain can cause issues with stability and pain in the future.