A lateral ankle injury is one of the most common injuries, however less than 50% of people seek treatment for them.
A lateral ankle injury happens when the ankle gets rolled to excess towards the body, placing a large amount of stress on the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. With enough force these ligaments can tear.
Symptoms of a lateral ankle injury can include: swelling, bruising, tenderness, inability to weight bear and instability.
There are a number of risk factors for developing an ankle sprain. These include: previous ankle sprain, inappropriate footwear, sports such as soccer and netball which involve sudden changes of direction and improper rehabilitation from previous injuries.
Managing a lateral ankle injury can be difficult if rehabilitation doesn’t occur straight away. If you have experienced an ankle sprain let the team at Brindabella Podiatry help you. Additionally your podiatrist may perform additional tests or refer you for further imaging to exclude other potential pathologies.
If you would like to come in for a lateral ankle assessment please book a BIOMECHANICAL ASSESSMENT HERE.
Written by Simon Hrobelko for BRINDABELLA PODIATRY