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  1. What to do if you have sprained your ankle?

How do I know if I’ve sprained or fractured my ankle?

Ankle sprains are typically a traumatic injury involving a specific incident. This can include rolling the ankle in an inwards or outwards direction. Sports which involve jumping and change of direction such as basketball, netball, football, and tennis leads people to be vulnerable to an ankle sprain. Our physiotherapist Laura Scott examines the best approach to how to manage and determine if you have an ankle sprain or fracture.

The severity of an ankle sprain can vary greatly from person-to-person depending on the mechanism or cause of injury. Following an ankle sprain, you may experience pain, increase in swelling, bruising and/or difficulty walking/weightbearing on the affected limb.

One of the most common questions we get when a client presents with an ankle sprain is “Is it broken? Do I need to get an x-ray?” Whilst further imaging can be useful in some cases, utilising a thorough assessment can reduce the need to perform unnecessary investigations.

The Ottawa Ankle Rules were established to determine whether a x-ray is indicated following an ankle injury. It is a screening tool developed to rapidly triage ankle sprains and avoid unnecessary imaging.

A patient who presents with 0 of the symptoms, is less than 1% likely to have a fracture of the foot or ankle.

The five components on the test include:

1. Tenderness over the lateral malleolus and distal 6cm of fibula

2. Tenderness over the medial malleolus and distal 6cm of the tibia

Medial ankle

3. Bony tenderness at the base 5th metatarsal

Base of 5th

4. Bony tenderness at the navicular

5. Inability to weight-bear both immediately after injury and take 4 steps

What to do if you have sprained your ankle?

Immediately following an ankle sprain, the best acute management it to implement the RICER principles.

  • Rest
  • Ice (15-20mins at time)
  • Compression to assist with swelling management
  • Elevation (above the level of the heart to prevent pooling of swelling)
  • Refer (book into a physiotherapist to get assessed ASAP)

Your physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment. Whilst pain will decreased quickly, ankle rehabilitation targeted at improving proprioception and stability have been shown to reduce the likelihood of recurrence.

If you have sprained your ankle, book online or call our friendly team today.


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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. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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