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 tear of the ligament
- Complete rupture of the ligament
This is the most common of all sports injuries and an assessment by a Richmond Physiotherapy Clinic physiotherapist can determine the grade of injury and assist in pain management and rehabilitation and efficient safe return to sport.
If untreated, an ankle sprain can cause instability, ongoing pain and further likelihood of sprains in the future.