Treating a Sprained Ankle

As one of the most common sporting injuries, ankle sprains require immediate management for optimal ligament repair.
Treating a Sprained Ankle - Body Care Physiotherapy

About ankle sprains:

  • Ankle sprains are the most common sporting injury
  • The perception they are minor and don’t require management is a MYTH
  • 40% of individuals in the FIRST year after a sprain will develop chronic instability.
  • 80% of ankle arthritis is due to previous sprain.
  • Early movement is favoured over immobilisation for optimal ligament repair.

WHAT CAN I DO NOW? (before seeing a physio)

  • “P.O.L.I.C.E”: Protection, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, and Elevation
  • Optimal loading = gentle pain free movement and weight bearing.
  • For a severe sprain use crutches to offload the ankle
  • Anti inflammatories early can help. Check with your GP if you have any other conditions or medications.
  • Gentle movement like ankle circles and movement up and down can be done immediately.


  • Bodycare Physiotherapists are highly trained in managing ankle sprains and are up to date with the latest research on treatment strategies and healing physiology.
  • Your physiotherapist will determine the grade of sprain and potential for ongoing instability.
  • Treatment will depend on the timeframe, severity and individual patient goals.
  • This will generally progress from managing pain, swelling and improving movement, towards end stage return to sport rehab such as hopping, and changing direction.

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