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The lateral sprain of the ankle

The lower body injuries in certain sports, such as soccer, volleyball, and basketball, to name a few, are commonplace. Among the most common is the lateral sprain of the ankle. This type of injury can also happen in everyday life, following a misstep. Depending on the severity of the illness, it is recommended to consult a physiotherapist in Dwarka.


The lateral sprain of the ankle is a stretch of one or more ligaments located on the outer side of the ankle joint. These ligaments have the function of increasing the stability of the bones together. The severity of the sprain can range from a simple elongation (grade 1) to a partial tear (grade 2) and in some cases a complete tear (grade 3).

The wait before returning to sport and / or work without restriction can range from 2 to 4 weeks for ligament elongation without tearing and 6 to 8 weeks in the case of partial or complete tearing of the ligament. The time will vary according to the severity of the injury, the work context and the type of sport practiced by the patient, as well as its active participation in the rehabilitation of the optimal function of the ankle.


Physiotherapy care for a lateral ankle sprain will include:

  • The prescription of exercises adapted to the condition of the patient, in order to quickly find the neuromuscular activation and proprioception (equilibrium reaction).
  • Manual therapy to allow the patient to improve the dorsiflexion of his ankle and to reduce the pain.
  • Advice on the need for technical aids to walking (cane, crutches, etc.) and rigid or semi-rigid support at the ankle.
  • A schedule for progressing the exercises and activities necessary to achieve the various rehabilitation objectives.

The combination of all these interventions will restore optimal strength, improve stability, reduce the risk of reoffending and return to work and sport as quickly as possible.