Ultimate Guide on Ankle Injury or Ankle Sprain Physiotherapy

Ultimate Guide on Ankle Injury or Ankle Sprain Physiotherapy

PHYSIOTHERAPY Body parts: Ankle,


Does it seem as though you always tend to roll the same ankle and it seems looser than the other?

Ever wondered if perhaps there is a way to change that?

Unfortunately 90% of untreated ankle sprains become recurrent, but skilled management during the initial stages decreases the recurrence rate to less than 35%.

An ankle sprain is a tear in the outer ligaments of the ankle.

With repeated overstretching in ankle sprains, the injured ligaments lose their normal elastic function and length, decreasing the foot’s ability to adjust quickly on uneven surfaces. This increases the “loose-ness” of the ankle, and increases the likelihood of worse sprains later. The seriousness of an ankle sprain ranges from a mild sprain to a completely torn ligament of the ankle.

Inversion ankle sprains are the most common ankle sprain.

They usually happen when the foot lands awkwardly and rolls inwards, stretching the outer ligaments of the ankle, resulting in pain on the outer part of the ankle.

Our ankles are supported by three main ligaments: the anterior and posterior talofibular ligaments (ATFL and PTFL) and the calcaneofibular ligament (CFL). The ATFL is the most commonly sprained ligament because of the limitations of its structural mechanics and support.

The other type of ankle sprain is the reverse of the inversion sprain, which is an eversion sprain on the inside part of the ankle, which happens when the foot is overstretched outwards.



Dealing with another sprained ankle? What if we tell you there is a way to manage the discomfort and limited mobility caused by an ankle sprain? With our ankle sprain physiotherapy, you can manage and relieve pain right away - the right way!

At Phoenix Rehab, we understand the challenges of ankle sprains. Our expert team and treatment plan can help you manage pain effectively, facilitating a smoother recovery process. We are committed to helping you regain your ankle's strength, stability, and normal range of motion.

Repeated ankle sprains are likely to cause ligaments to permanently loosen due to frequent overstretching. When this happens, they are not able to do what they’re supposed to do, which is to hold our bones together and prevent excessive unnecessary movements.

Fundamental clinical rehabilitation programs help to re-train your weakened ligaments to regain their strength, and re-educate them to send the right balance signals again. This approach helps to restore balance in your ankles and prevent recurrences of ankle sprains.


Our experienced team addresses various ankle injuries and conditions, ensuring personalized care for every individual. Whether you're dealing with a sprained ankle, chronic ankle instability, or recovering from a severe injury of inversion sprain, we're here to guide you through every step of the way.

Ankle Impingement

Find relief and restore mobility from this injury with our tailored physiotherapy approach which targets the root cause of impingement. The common causes for this are inflammation, bony overgrowth, or soft tissue damage. Through a combination of manual therapy, range of motion exercises, and balance training, reducing pain and restoring optimal function to your ankle joint is our priority.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Don't let tarsal tunnel syndrome sideline you from your daily activities. Our specialized treatment plans focus on relieving nerve compression and improving nerve function. From gentle mobilization techniques to nerve gliding exercises, we employ targeted interventions to reduce pain, tingling, and numbness, helping you regain sensation and mobility in your foot and ankle.

Sinus Tarsi Syndrome

This condition can cause significant discomfort and ankle instability, specifically around the joints. Our comprehensive approach aims to strengthen surrounding muscles and ligaments, enhance proprioception, and improve stability. Through a combination of balance exercises, proprioceptive exercises, and ankle strengthening exercises, we help you regain confidence in your ankle's ability to support you during daily activities and physical exertion.

Cartilage or Osteochondral Injuries

To restore joint health and function from these ankle injuries, our team at Phoenix Rehab creates specialized rehabilitation programs focusing on cartilage healing, improving joint stability, and preventing further damage. Through targeted exercises, manual therapy, and modalities such as ultrasound therapy, we support the natural healing process and help you regain strength and flexibility in your ankle joint.

Peroneal Tendinopathy or Subluxation

If not addressed promptly, this can lead to chronic pain and instability in the ankle. Our tailored physiotherapy interventions target the peroneal tendons, aiming to strengthen them and improve their function. From eccentric strengthening exercises to proprioceptive training, we work to restore balance, stability, and pain-free movement in your ankle.

Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

PTTD is a common disease on the foot and ankle affecting middle-aged patients. This can cause significant functional impairment and discomfort. Our specialized rehabilitation programs focus on strengthening the posterior tibial tendon, improving foot alignment, and restoring normal gait mechanics. Through a combination of strengthening exercises, orthotic intervention, and gait training, we aim to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and prevent further progression of the condition.

Additionally, our approach includes attention to factors such as the integrity of the posterior talofibular ligament or anterior talofibular ligament which helps with ankle stability to ensure comprehensive care and optimal outcomes.


Step into our proven pathway to recovery, where your journey toward healing is guided by our trusted and approved methods, refined through years of experience and expertise. With Phoenix Rehab, you can trust that every step of your rehabilitation process is backed by evidence-based practices and tailored to your individual needs.

Our approach is not just about treating symptoms; it's about empowering you to reclaim control over your health and well-being. Our cutting-edge techniques and compassionate care ensure that you feel supported and confident throughout your rehabilitation.


Phoenix Rehab places utmost importance on establishing a serene and patient-centric atmosphere where your needs and well-being are our top priorities. We're dedicated to collaborating with you to effectively address your symptoms and concerns, ensuring that you have a comprehensive understanding of your condition before embarking on any treatment.

Our primary goal is to empower you to make informed decisions about your healthcare. During our consultations, we strive to foster trust and open communication, creating a comfortable environment where you can freely express yourself.

We also firmly believe that when dealing with all kinds of pain, especially ankle sprains, it's essential to have a knowledgeable and experienced healthcare professional who also makes you feel at ease. So, we make sure that our highly qualified team is always well-equipped with healthcare knowledge and training.


During the consultation, our ankle sprain physiotherapy expert at Phoenix Rehab will take the time to review your medical history thoroughly. This comprehensive evaluation will involve gathering information about your past medical conditions, surgical history, family medical history, allergies, and medications to identify potential risk factors that may point out the root cause of your ankle sprain or ankle injury.

To ensure the most effective care, it's also recommended that you bring any medical reports or referral forms relevant to your condition. This additional information can provide valuable insights and assist the specialist in making an accurate diagnosis and developing a personalised and effective treatment program.


After thoroughly reviewing your case, our team at Phoenix Rehab will proceed with clinical tests and physical assessments to gain a better understanding of the severity of your condition and to complement what we know of your condition based on the previous findings. Ultimately, this enables us to tailor a treatment plan that meets your specific needs and health goals.

Our physical therapists may perform a complete physical examination with a focus on the areas possibly affected by your ankle injury, performing tests like range of motion assessments, manual muscle testing, ligament stability tests, proprioceptive evaluations, and specialized imaging studies when necessary.

At Phoenix Rehab, we guarantee that the well-being and safety of our patients are our top priorities, so we make sure to involve physical therapy assistants at any stage of the pain relief sessions. This approach guarantees that you receive the individualised care and medical attention you deserve, tailored specifically to your needs.


At Phoenix Rehab, we aim to provide you with prompt relief from your ankle sprain, helping you regain comfort and improve ankle stability and functionality in your daily life while minimising your reliance on muscle relaxants or pain relief medications whenever possible.

During your sessions, we will prioritise physical therapy as an integral part of your treatment plan, ensuring that you receive both ankle sprain treatment and therapy within the same session.

Similarly, our expert ankle sprain physiotherapists will closely monitor your progress during each follow-up session. This regular observation allows us to track your recovery journey and make necessary adjustments to the intensity and focus of our treatments, ensuring that you receive the most effective care and support throughout your rehabilitation process.


Ankle rehabilitation is a crucial aspect of our approach, particularly for a more severe sprain and common injury. We believe the way to treat an injured ankle and reduce swelling requires a tailored approach. This encompasses specialized interventions designed to prevent future injuries and know how to manage pain if a sprain occurs.


Under the guidance of our experienced physical therapists, you'll embark on a journey toward healing through targeted exercises and hands-on techniques. From gentle mobilizations to advanced therapeutic exercises, our physical therapy sessions are designed to treat and strengthen the injured area and promote functional recovery associated with a high ankle sprain. By addressing muscle imbalances, restoring range of motion, and enhancing proprioception, our goal is to help you regain confidence in your ankle's ability to support you during normal activities and physical exertion.

Targeted therapy like soft tissue massage and therapeutic exercises accelerates the healing process, allowing you to return to your normal activities in a short period.

The physiotherapy rehabilitation treatment program may include:

  1. Ultrasonic therapy to accelerate healing and decrease pain
  2. Gentle soft tissue massage to decrease swelling and help circulation.
  3. A customized exercise program which may include:

    a. Calf ABC exercises to move the ankle multi-directionally
    b. Isometric strengthening exercises such as pushing against a surface
    c. Balance training.


We understand that managing pain is a crucial aspect of the rehabilitation process, especially for a severe sprain. That's why we offer a variety of pain relief modalities tailored to your individual needs. From ice pack therapy and electrical stimulation to manual therapy techniques and ultrasound therapy, our goal is to provide effective pain management strategies that allow you to participate fully in your rehabilitation program with minimal discomfort.

Recurrent ankle sprains are easily triggered. For acute ankle sprains, it's a good rule of thumb to follow the RICE principle, which will be a part of our post-treatment education. Meanwhile, for more severe pain from an ankle fracture, we have a range of Rehabilitation Technology and more, customised for your therapy needs.


Performing exercises is a cornerstone of our treatment approach, as it plays a vital role in strengthening the muscles surrounding the ankle, improving joint stability, and enhancing overall muscle strength and function. Our exercise programs are carefully curated to target specific areas of weakness or poor balance while restoring a normal range of motion and minimizing the risk of re-injury. By gradually increasing the intensity and complexity of your exercises, we help you rebuild strength, restore mobility, and prevent future injuries.


At Phoenix Rehab, we believe that knowledge is power. That's why we provide comprehensive post-treatment education to empower you with the information and tools you need to maintain the progress you've made during your rehabilitation journey. Our goal is to equip you with the skills necessary to lead a healthy, active lifestyle free from the limitations of ankle sprains.

Understanding the root cause of your pain and implementing preventative measures is an integral part of your recovery journey. Our expert team will provide personalized advice on proper footwear selection, ergonomic modifications for daily activities, and techniques for injury prevention during physical exercise. Additionally, we'll offer guidance on recognizing early warning signs and initial symptoms of potential injury recurrence and strategies for managing them at home.

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