Ankle Pain2019-08-31T06:02:31+00:00

Chartered Physiotherapists

Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Ankle Pain Symptoms

Ligament sprains are the most common type of ankle injury. Sprains occur when the ligaments (thick fibrous bands that connect bone to bone) which stabilise the joint are stretched beyond their capability resulting in a tear. The most likely mechanism is an inversion sprain in which the foot is forcefully rolled inwards.

Depending on the severity of the sprain there may be damage to one or more ligaments and symptoms may vary from mild discomfort whilst walking to an inability to weight bear through the affected ankle.


The most important aim of treatment following a sprain in the initial 48 hours is to control swelling and protect the injured tissue. In order to facilitate this goal we recommend the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). One of the main risk factors associated with chronic or recurrent ankle sprains is inadequate rehabilitation following injury. At Portobello Physiotherapy we use a combination of manual therapy techniques and progressive exercise to help you regain mobility and strength in the joint and return you to full function.

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“Due to a serious Repetitive Strain Injury in my shoulder/neck I have been attending Portobello Physiotherapy on and off over the last several years, during which, the treatment I have received has always been of the highest standard. The staff are both friendly and welcoming and have always answered any questions I’ve asked about my injury. Exercise programmes were set out for me, explained in detail and, in my case, altered to suit how my shoulder/neck react to them. As long as I put the time in to doing the exercises and follow the advice of the Therapists I always see results within a short space of time. I would highly recommend Portobello Physiotherapy to anyone, as the care and attention I have received on my visits has always been second to none.”

Tim Dublin 8

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