Whilst ankle sprains (e.g. lateral ligament tears) are common place, a surprising 32% of them will still be causing significant problems up to 7 years later. Many patients are quick to dismiss a mechanically unstable ankle as ‘weak’, and when we repeatedly ‘go-over’ on the ankle, we risk long-term damage to the internal joint surfaces. As a rule of thumb, if a sprained ankle hasn’t recovered by three months, it’s time for help. Overuse problems can also affect tendinous structures (e.g.tibialis posterior, peroneus longus and the achilles tendon).
Biomechanical faults such over-pronation, or weak gluteal muscles, can lead to soft tissue overload and stress fractures. The wrong footwear can compound the problem, and many people fail to consider the important role of strength and conditioning work for their sport. Whilst most ankle injuries resolve quickly with the correct rehabilitation, occasionally further intervention (e.g. injection therapy or key-hole surgery) is needed to return to sport.Spine (this is going to be in place of ‘overtraining / overuse’).
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