Ankle sprains usually occur when there is a rapid, internal or external force, which forces the ankle to roll outwards or inwards, causing the ligaments to stretch and tear. This leads to swelling, pain & restriction of movement. Common scenarios include; landing on an opponent’s foot or miss-placing your foot on an uneven surface.
Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising and a resultant loss of normal range of motion that commonly affects your normal movement patterns. It is important to fully rehabilitate ankle sprains as a lasting range of motion limitation can result in increased forces on the hip and knee. Ligaments can take up to 12 weeks to heal, due to poor blood supply.