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The ankle is the most commonly injured joint in sports. Ankle sprains represent about 85% of all ankle injuries in the US. While an inversion ankle injury often involves injury to the lateral collateral ankle ligaments, other structures in this area may also be injured. These associated injuries may not be evident until weeks or months after the initial event, and may not present themselves until the patient attempts to return to full activity but is unable to because of persistent pain. Typical associated injuries include chronic lateral ankle instability, peroneal tendon damage, nerve injury, syndesmotic sprain or tear, and intraarticular cartilage damage. Although the injury may initially seem minor, a thorough evaluation and aggressive, conservative therapy is important in improving the outcome.



ankle injuries Symptoms
  • Patients often complain that the affected ankle feels "unstable" or "gives out" frequently
  • Patients typically feel unsteady when walking on uneven ground or sloped surfaces
  • Repeated inversion injuries will occur with the slightest provocation
  • Patients commonly report twisting or spraining ankles every few months with varying levels of severity
  • Persistent swelling to the anterolateral aspect of the ankle
  • Bracing or taping may not provide adequate stability


Initial treatment involves managing symptoms and biomechanical control. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or steroid injections, if used alone, usually do not provide long term relief.

  • Changes in shoe gear
  • Functional orthotics are a vital part of treatment, especially when biomechanical abnormalities are present.
  • Taping and bracing, particularly during athletic activity
  • Physical therapy

Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics has been treating conditions of the foot since 1980 with great success.  If you or a loved requires honest, competent advice or quality foot care or orthotics, please do hesitate to contact Dr. Hardy's Toronto Foot Clinic at 416-465-8737 today.

Remember, we always treat our patients like family.


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