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Each foot has 26 bones. The ankle bone (talus) and the ends of the two lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) form the ankle joint, which is stabilised and supported by ligaments.
On the outside of the ankle is a complex of three ligaments. One of these, the anterior talo-fibular ligament goes from the talus to the fibula and this is the ligament most likely to be damaged in a sports injury. Because the inner ankle is more stable than the outer ankle, the foot is likely to turn inward from a fall, tackle or jump. This stretches or tears ligaments and the result is ankle sprain. The term ‘sprain’ refers to the stretching and tearing of ligaments.
The risk factors for spraining an ankle are many and varied. They include running on uneven ground, having had previous ankle injuries in the past, being overweight, failing to warm up sufficiently or even using shoes that do not fit properly.
Sprained ankles are classified according to level of severity. Grade 1 refers to a stretch or minor tear of the ligament (usually but not always the anterior talo-fibular ligament) with loosening. This is the most common ankle sports injury. Grade 2 refers to a ligament tear accompanied by some degree of loosening. Grade 3 refers to a complete ligament tear resulting in a very loose joint.
Short term treatment of an ankle sprain should follow the R.I.C.E regimen – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Depending on how severe the sports injury is, treatment ranges from wearing a supportive ankle brace to using a walking cast or even surgery.
There are a wide range of ankle supports and ankles braces available that can help provide compression and support the anterior talo-fibular ligament (ATF).
As someone who has experienced a previous ankle injury will be more susceptible in future, injury prevention is very important. An ankle brace can help prevent ankle rollover and further damage.
By increasing knowledge of sporting injuries and developing skills in sports first aid and injury prevention, sport can become a safer activity for all, truly helping to fulfil its potential as a major contributor to the heath of the nation.
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