Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprain taping
Everyone knows that ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in sports. But a big part of the reason they’re so common is because it’s not very well looked after. Nearly all of us that have played any sport for a decent amount of time will have had an ankle sprain and in most cases more than one.

You’ll hear plenty of athletes saying things like “I’ve got weak ankles” or “my ankles a bit dodgy”, and I’m no exception. What got me on the road to becoming a Sports Therapist was a series of increasingly severe sprains to my right ankle… actually that’s not strictly true, it really started by running into a wall and breaking my leg! But that’s another story and the end result was a “weak ankle”. The image on the right is what it looked like a couple of days after the last time I sprained it, which was over 10 years ago.

Severe ankle sprain

So what makes an ankle “weak”? To put it simply inadequate training, poor rehab and a lack of understanding of the injury and the forces your ankle deals with. I said earlier that it’s an injury that’s not well looked after and I just want to emphasise that I’m not criticising other therapists, Physio’s or health professionals in any way when I say this. When someone seeks advice from a professional they’ll usually get good sound advice on how to treat and rehab the injury.

The biggest issue though is that unless it’s a very severe sprain most of us won’t seek professional advice. It’s such a common injury and surely we can just deal with it ourselves? And there’s always a mate with some great advice on how he sorted his out. In my opinion that’s where the problem is – it’s so common that we think we know how to deal with it.

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