Symptoms will vary depending on the extent of the injury and each individual case, but may include:
Pain at the sight of injury and around the lower leg
Swelling at the site
Increased pain when weight-bearing or inability to weight bear
Inability to perform calf raises or similar movements
Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment will vary. Mild cases can be managed conservatively, however more serious cases may require surgery.
Early management will often involve a period of non-weight bearing (either on crutches or in a boot), followed by close monitoring with a physiotherapist to restore strength, function and balance.
Your physiotherapist will also assess to determine the need for imaging. As mentioned, fractures can occur with this injury, and this will change the management plan.
The use of some of the following techniques may help to prevent injury and re-injury. Chat to your physiotherapist about the best methods for you!
Maintain good ankle health: including regular ankle strength exercises in your routine will help to maintain ankle health and mobility.
Ensure you wear appropriate footwear, for both your sport and your foot type. A podiatrist can help ensure you have the right shoe for your foot type.
Ensure proper return to play protocol after injury to reduce risk of re-injury.
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