Football injuries part 2

How do you know when you’ve injured your ankle?

Ankle injuries are often the result of a twist. When I see that a player has rolled his ankle over and it doesn’t seem to get any better, I instantly have this assumption. So you can injure it both with and without contact.

What do you do then?

The first few steps are almost always the same for acute injuries: ice and compression so that the affected area doesn’t swell up and it stops too much blood from flowing to it. The diagnosis comes after this.

What types of ankle injuries are there?

There is a wide range of possible injuries here. On the one hand it’s likely to only involve a sprained ligament, which is a relatively minor injury. However, a torn ligament, a syndesmotic sprain or a bone marrow oedema are all much nastier. We treat sprained ligaments with ice and compression, and often use an ultrasound as well. The player often recovers very quickly.

How long does it usually take for a player to recover from a strained ligament?

It usually takes about three weeks.