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Common Ankle Injuries and Their Symptoms!

Nov 15, 2022

The lateral ankle ligaments are the most commonly injured ligaments of the ankle. The lateral ankle ligaments are the Anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL), the Calcaneo-Fibular Ligament (CFL) and the Posterior Talo-Fibular Ligament (PTFL). One or a combination of these ligaments can be injured at different severities in an inversion or supination ankle sprain which is usually the result of a forced inversion/plantarflexion movement. Even though the lateral ankle ligament injuries are generally benign, there can be residual symptoms following it for anything between 6 weeks to 18 months if the rehabilitation is inadequate. Those who experience repetitive ankle sprain are likely to have functional and/or mechanical instability which in turn increase the probability of re-injury rates.

Lateral ankle ligament injuries can be complex and there can be more than just a ligament injury in some cases. These complex injuries are out of the scope of this blog, if you have an ankle injury it is advisable to see a Health Care Professional for specific guidance on your injury, our expert Physiotherapy team are here to help you.

The common symptoms for lateral ankle ligament injuries are:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness to touch over the lateral aspect of the ankle
  • Pain at rest and with weight bearing
  • Feeling of instability of the ankle

Injuries to the lateral ankle ligaments can be graded depending on your clinical presentation, this will determine the estimated rehabilitation time frame which can be expected. Everybody is different; therefore, these estimated time frames are a rough guide. The time frames that can be expected are 2 – 4 weeks for a mild (grade 1), 3 – 8 weeks for a moderate (grade 2) and unto 4 months for a severe (grade 3) injury.

We have put together an ankle rehab series that will demonstrate the types of exercises that can be completed at each stage of your recovery and rehabilitation. Progressions through the rehabilitation should be determined off your current capacity to tolerate the load and ensure graded exposure to increasingly demanding exercises / activities. Our expert Physiotherapy team will ensure that your rehabilitation is specific to you and work towards your desired goals.  If you’d like to watch our ankle rehab series all you need to do is follow us on social media:

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If you believe you may be suffering from an ankle injury or any kind of pain/condition, why not book a FREE 15-minute discovery visit with a physio?

In this complimentary visit you will have a chance to speak to us about your needs/and or condition/concerns and we will let you know if physio is right for you. To book an appointment or a discovery visit, call us on: 0207 636 8845

 

TESTIMONIALS

Since seeing Louise (following an Achilles rupture repair), I have:

- Made it back onto tennis / squash courts to (tentatively!) celebrate 1 year anniversary of my surgery 
- Ran my fastest 10k at 43.57! 
- Ran 5k in 21:30 (vs pre-surgery PB of 20:18) 
- I increased my single leg calf lift to 59 kg (vs ~18 kg initially a few months ago) 
- I had a final appt with my consultant, who discharged me while congratulating me on a wonderful recovery

All the above is to illustrate that I'm absolutely delighted with the progress I have made since last summer when I couldn't do anything and the outlook seemed bleak. I'll be forever grateful for Louise’s guidance and support as I've navigated the long road back from my injury, and I appreciate the continued advice to help me prepare for more dynamic activity. Louise has been really fantastic and I couldn't have asked for better care.

Recovering from a full Achilles rupture. Started my work with Nina in feb and my progress has only been positive and upwards and I am almost at full speed again. Nina put me back together again almost from scratch. She is the best physio I have ever worked with and will again. Very knowledgable and very hard working. Can’t recommend enough.

Bojan

What a great find! My orthopaedic surgeon recommended them and I can't rate Luigi, Gloria and the team more highly. Excellent service and very effective treatment- recovering nicely!

Justine

I am 84 years old, and have always been fit and healthy and exercised regularly. 3 years ago I underwent emergency surgery for peritonitis, and had a colonoscopy bag for 6 months and straight after surgery to reversal of the stoma. After this surgery I felt my legs very weak. To complete my drama, during the last summer I developed an abdominal hernia and had surgery for hernia repair. This made me even weaker specially at my legs. I have recovered but felt weak. I started my sessions at ALO Physiotherapy at the beginning of January, with the Vibra Machine combined with specific exercises. I have now recovered my body strength, particularly in the legs. I am now walking normally and without pain. I am delighted!

Barbara

Great clinic with great people! I was so lucky to find this clinic and even more when I met Andre. He's a very talented therapist and a wonderful person who makes you feel comfortable every time. He helped me to resolve my back problems in few appointments and I will be always grateful to him! From my experience is the best clinic in London and I highly recommend them without any doubts!

Daniele

One of the best physiotherapy centres in the world! The professionalism and knowledge of this centre amazed me.

Pierre

I am so glad I found this clinic. Luigi has been amazing. After my 1st session I felt an improvement and now have ALOT more movement and significant reduction in pain. I couldn’t recommend this clinic & Luigi enough. So helpful and flexible whenever I have needed to amend appointments. Every one is fantastic. I will continue to come here for as long as I need.

Mital

Andre is the best physiotherapist I came across. As a dedicated martial arts practitioner, I regularly use his services. He has always managed to fix my various back and leg injuries. I would recommend Alo Physiotherapy to anyone who suffers from body pain.

Thomas

Where do I begin? The journey has been too long with Andre Oliveira and ALO Clinic , as he helped me both physically and mentally to overcome an injury I had in both of my knees. A small injury , after following wrong treatment became chronic and I found myself unable to walk/stand/run and do the simplest things- the mental impact was worse. I was introduced to Andre by Eleftherios Pavlidis who runs Laertion in Athens. lefteris with his team were the first to accommodate the problem and told me what I need to do. As a Londoner, I was introduced to Andre and ALO Clinic, and the rest is history. Since February 2017 when I had the first session with Andre and he identified the biomechanic nature of the problem, along with the use of Tecar the results were visible after one month. Since then, along with personal effort and strengthening I did always guided by Andre, I the problem is restored and the pain is gone. I highly recommend ALO Physiotherapy Clinic , and Andre Oliveira for anyone who suffers from sport injuries , amateurs or professional top athletes.

Constantinos

Very professional staff and friendly environment. I felt a lot better after very first session. Appointment are easily available. I would definitely recommend this place

Muhammad

The care I received from ALO Physiotherapy was outstanding from the first session to the last. Sessions with Louise were informative as well as practical, allowing me to understand the context/logic behind treatment as well as tips to prevent future injuries. Louise was always readily available to answer my questions and the treatment process was collaborative rather than being prescriptive. Beyond the expertise of the team the quality of the equipment and facilities was incredibly high and aided my recovery significantly. I would recommend ALO Physiotherapy to anyone who requires physiotherapy treatment in the Marylebone area.

ALO is an excellent well-run clinic and Louise Hynes who looked after me is a superb physiotherapist. Louise is knowledgeable, skilled and very efficient at her job. My sore shoulder was sorted out in no time thanks to her. Thank you, Louise, and thank you ALO.

Julian Webber, Harley Street Endodontist.

ALO is an excellent well-run clinic and Louise Hynes who looked after me is a superb physiotherapist. Louise is knowledgeable, skilled and very efficient at her job. My sore shoulder was sorted out in no time thanks to her. Thank you, Louise, and thank you ALO.

Julian Webber, Harley Street Endodontist.

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