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    Ankle Sprains

    Ankle Sprains

    Ankle sprains are a common injury associated with sports that involve change of direction.  The most common type of ankle sprains regularly occur following “inversion” injuries where the foot rolls inwards.  This commonly results in stretching the anterior talo-fibular ligament (ATFL).  Fortunately, if rehabilitated well, there can be good capacity to heal and surrounding ligaments can provide good stability. Conversely, if not rehabilitated thoroughly, sprains can routinely lead to increased time away from sport or complications associated with altered movement and biomechanics.

    Following an ankle sprain, it is important to rest, ice, compress and elevate.  Icing for 10 – 15 minutes every few hours for the first 72 hours is recommended.  Regardless of any associated swelling or bruising, physiotherapy assessment and treatment should be commenced as soon as possible.  Your physiotherapist is equipped to assess the severity of the sprain and are able to refer for medical imaging if required.  During the acute period, physiotherapy will aim to restore normal movement and reduce swelling.  Appropriate weight bearing in the early stages is crucial and your physiotherapist will be able to advise what is most appropriate following injury.

    Once pain and swelling has settled, rehabilitation can focus on regaining strength and proprioception.  Following any ligament sprain, your proprioception (the ability to sense and react to changes in position or balance) is affected.  Without specific rehabilitation and exercise, evidence suggests that this does not return on it’s own accord.  As a result, if ankle sprains are poorly managed,  further complications can occure.  These include an increased risk of recurrent ankle sprains, increased risk of knee injuries (including ACL rupture) and altered biomechanics.

    As your rehabilitation progresses, specific return to sport exercises designed to improve agility and changing of direction will be introduced.  Taping or bracing can be used to accelerate return to sport but should only be used under the guidance of your physiotherapist.

    If you have experienced an ankle sprain, be sure to consult your physiotherapist to ensure a comprehensive rehabilitation program is implemented to help keep you active and injury free!

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Last week we were fortunate enough to head back to uni and refresh our anatomy knowledge at @latrobeuni in the anatomy labs. 

Thank you to the Latrobe School of Physiotherapy for inviting us! Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone.

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