Recent ankle sprain or chronic ankle pain?

Ankle sprain

Ankle sprain is the most commonly injured body area among athletes. With sprains dominating most diagnoses. For initial ankle sprain, individuals often report persisting limitations to the ankle joint, including pain and swelling, and recurrent sprain. Chronic ankle instability may follow after ankle sprains causing persisting limitations.

The current literature recommend exercises incorporating balance, and promote proprioception in order to limit the risk of sustaining ankle sprain. Promoting these attributes whilst incorporating sport-specific movements may be helpful.

Ankle sprain can have detrimental consequences to athletes. Ankle joint mobilisation and manipulation have shown to limit these outcomes.

A study found that, ‘For acute ankle sprains, manual joint mobilisation diminished pain and increased dorsiflexion range of motion. For treatment of subacute/chronic lateral ankle sprains, these techniques improved ankle range-of-motion, decreased pain and improved function.’

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