Monthly News May 2015
Since our last newsletter the staff have been very busy!
Chari our Sports Physio, has just been in Japan. She traveled over with the Brisbane State High School Girls 7's Rugby team who competed at the SANIX World Youth Rugby Tournament held at Global Arena in Fukuoka, Japan. Boys and Girls Teams from all over the world were invited to compete, with BSHS chosen to represent Australia in the Girls 7's Tournament. The girls came 8th in this tournament and also walked away with the "Best Manners" award.
Ben and Kent recently returned from a trip to North America where they attended conferences and toured state of the art clinical and laboratory facilities in Vancouver, Sacramento, Napa Valley and Los Angeles. They were able to spend time with some of the world’s most prominent podiatrists and get a glimpse into the future of podiatry. They then returned to the Australian national podiatry on the Gold Coast so it’s a been a busy time.
Thankfully, they’re both back in the practice now working their normal hours. A big thanks to our locum podiatrist Josh Nankervis who stepped in and worked at the clinic while the boys were away.
Now that winter sports are well underway, this months feature is on a very common injury: Ankle Sprains
I've sprained my ankle, now what happens next?
Ankle sprains are the most common injury that presents at Sport Medicine Clinics. It is most prevalent in change in direction sports and it is one injury that is most likely to result in residual symptoms up to 18 months post injury. This is usually because the majority of people don't bother seeking medical advice for it.
What is an ankle sprain?
This usually occurs when people “roll their ankle” which is most commonly when the foot goes in with respect to the ankle joint.
When this happens quite often ligaments on the outside of the ankle (that usually stop that motion) can become damaged. In more severe cases, supporting muscles/tendons, bone or cartilage can also be injured.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may include:
- Pain on the outside of the ankle joint near the bone
- Swelling over the area of pain
- Bruising that can extend into the foot and toes
- Pain when moving the foot inwards
- Difficulty walking comfortably.
What should I do if I have sprained my ankle?
The first 2 days are important for a speedy recovery. For any soft tissue injuries follow RICER for 48-72 hours and avoid HARM.
||For 48 hours
20mins on / 20mins off for 2 hrs; then 20mins every 4 hours
Use a bandage – ensure you do not wear it overnight
||Use pillows to help elevate the area
See a Physio ASAP for appropriate treatment and rehabilitation
||Causes increased swelling
||Increases swelling and bleeding
Increased blood flow and swelling, may damage tissue further
||May cause further damage
Get an assessment with our Physiotherapist or Podiatrist!
There are other types of ankle sprains as well as a number of ligaments and structures that could be damaged. Assessment is vital for optimal rehabilitation and a faster return to sport.
How long will it take to get better?
Recovery time is usually dependent on severity of the injury and whether other structures are involved.
Ligament sprains can be classified into 3 Grades. Grade 1 being a minor sprain, with Grade 3 being a complete rupture of the ligament.
Assessment by your practitioner is vital to assess what Grade your ankle sprain is, how many ligaments are damaged, and whether there are other bony or soft tissue damage that has occurred.
What can you do for me?
Once the damage has been assessed, the Practitioner will identify the key areas of treatment and construct a rehabilitation/treatment plan.
Depending on the stage of your pathology treatment may include any of the following:
- Activity modification
- Manual therapy to decrease pain and restore normal movement
- Specific and progressive therapeutic exercise program focusing on balance and strength
- Sport/activity specific rehabilitative exercises.
- Other modalities such as cold packs or dry needling
- Sports technique correction (may need input from an experienced coach)
- Referral for imaging studies or to other health practitioners if indicated
Talk to our Practitioners today to see how you can get yourself back on your feet in no time!