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Frequently asked questions about ankle sprain.

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When can I see a physio after I have done my ankle / sprained my sprain?

Ideally the first 24-48 hours after an ankle sprain is a good opportunity to see a physiotherapist who can after a detailed assessment, provide the right treatment.

When can I start walking after an ankle sprain?

This will depend on the severity of injury ankle sprain & every individual & their activity level which can be different for different people. Generally, a period of ‘protected activity’ for about 1 – 2 days allows time for the soft tissues to rest up. You may be allowed to walk during this period using assistive equipment such as a cam boot or a crutch. Gradually increasing weight bearing when walking is advised when the pain gets tolerable & physiotherapist has assessed the symptoms & how the injury is healing.

Should I tape or bandage my sprained ankle at night? 

A compression bandage or taping can help to combat swelling in your ankle but isn’t always required when sleeping at night. It is important that you discuss with your physiotherapist any vascular issues that you may have so they can advise you appropriately about the taping / bandaging at night or otherwise.

Should I walk on a sprained ankle if it hurts?

Yes, pain does not equal tissue damage, so beginning to walk on your ankle after a sprain as early as your pain allows can kick start your recovery. This is considering any sinister causes such as a fracture have been ruled out by your physiotherapist.

What next?

If you’d like to chat with one of our expert physios at Kinesio Physio about an ankle injury that you may have had for a while or have done it recently, please don’t hesitate to call us at 0426 775 381 or BOOK ONLINE to get the ankle looked at.

Written by

Pallavi Deshmukh

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