When you tear, twist or stretch ligaments in your ankle, the result is a painful sprain that can take six to eight weeks to fully heal. Even a minor sprain can mean you’re out of action for some time, and it is important to keep your sprained ankle mobile as soon as possible after your accident, unless you have been advised otherwise by your doctor. There are sprained ankle rehab exercises which you can carry out at home or at work, to help keep your ankle strong and aid the healing process. You may need to see a physiotherapist in the case of a serious sprain, which could also take longer to heal.
What are sprained ankle rehab exercises good for?
Sprained ankle rehab exercises such as range-of-motion exercises are great for strengthening ligaments and your ankle generally, as well as ensuring your ankle regains full mobility as soon as possible after your accident. You can try exercises such as the following:
- Try tracing the alphabet with your toe, repeating one to three times – this helps to improve range-of-motion in your ankle
- Push your ankle down against a chair, table or other fixed object and hold for a count of 10. Repeat this 10 times
- Use resistance bands to perform strengthening exercises as your ankle begins to heal
It’s important to see your GP or physiotherapist before you begin any ankle exercises, as in the case of more serious injuries you may need to rest your ankle for a while before putting any weight on it. Most people recover from a sprained ankle within six to eight weeks. During this time you might want to think about whether or not you’d like to make a personal injury claim, if somebody else caused your accident.
How did you sprain your ankle?
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people claim compensation since 2000 and during that time we have handled our fair share of sprained ankle compensation claims. Here are a few examples of the most common causes of sprained ankles:
- Slips, trip and falls – for example on damaged pavements, at work or falls from height
- Sporting accidents
- Falling downstairs
If you are ready to make a claim or simply want to find out more about what’s involved, you can get in touch with us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile). We’ll be able to tell you whether or not you have a viable claim and offer valuable advice, with no obligation to proceed with a claim at any point.
Date Published: February 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen