Lateral Ligament Instability


The first line of treatment for ankle sprains is rest, ice, compression, elevation with painkillers and anti-inflammatories (if tolerated). A camboot or brace may help initially. Physiotherapy is then useful to strengthen the peroneal and calf muscles which help stability and regain range of movement, strength, balance and joint position sense (proprioception). An ankle brace may be useful for people who have tried all these measures and experience ongoing problems with sporting or daily activities. Occasionally a steroid injection may decrease  ankle inflammation and help settle symptoms so that physiotherapy can continue.


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