Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are very common injuries that occur when the ligaments around the ankle joint are damaged or torn.

When the ankle is excessively everted (foot turned outwards) you will damage the deltoid ligaments on the inside of the ankle. The more common injury is the inversion (foot turned inwards) sprain, which causes damage to 3 ligaments on the outside of the ankle, called…

  • anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) – Restricts forward movement + Inversion.
  • Calcaneofibular ligament (CFL) – Restricts Inversion only.
  • Posterior talofibular ligament (PTFL) – Restricts backwards movement + Inversion.

ankle sprains

Initially the ankle will become hot, red, swollen and painful. The ankle will be painful to move and depending on the severity of the injury, you may or may not be able to put weight through it.

When it comes to treatment of an ankle sprain, the earlier you can begin treatment, the better the results will be in regards to re-strengthening the damaged ligaments and restoring proprioception (balance feedback from muscles and joints).

When damaged ligaments are not treated and not allowed to heal correctly, you are left with scar tissue that does not have the same density of mechanoreceptors responsible for proprioception. This means that re-injury is far more likely as the ligament does not give adequate feedback to allow the required muscle contraction to occur in time to protect the joint from further damage.

Studies show that the recurrence of ankle sprains can be as high as 80% and the incidence of developing a chronic ankle sprain between 20-40%. This is important because each sprain creates more scarring & increases the risk of more significant problems such as fractures or cartilage damage, so preventing recurrent sprains is essential.

How can Chiropractic Help with Ankle Sprains?

The Chiropractors at AHS assess the muscle balance and joint movement in your foot, ankle, knee, hip and back in order to correct any imbalances that have occurred as a result of your injury. Treatment may consist of joint mobilisations/adjustments, soft tissue techniques and rehabilitation exercises. Our aim is to maximize your recovery in the shortest time possible and reduce the risk of repeating this injury.

Please call your Chiropractor at AHS on 9948 2826 or visit our clinic at 9/470 Sydney Rd in Balgowlah servicing the surrounding suburbs of Allambie, Balgowlah Heights, Seaforth, Fairlight and Manly on the Northern Beaches.


  1. An epidemiological survey on ankle sprain
     – M. S.Yeung MPhil, Kai-Ming Chan MCh(Orth) FRCS, C. H. So MPhilt and W. Y. Yuan MSc. BrJSpMed 1994;28(2)